At the core of our philosophy is the notion that the power to make impact lives equally in small changes made by so-called ordinary people as it does in structural change made by those with power and position; what matters most is collectivity, collaboration, and reflection.
Collectivity: We believe that there is power and wisdom in numbers and that everyone has the capacity to lead when given the opportunity. When working with imPACT, all stakeholders’ perspectives are critical to the process, including the girls and young women we serve. What we ask of organizational leaders, we will ask of the young people they serve, and we commit to making space for them to work together and learn from each other. Collective leadership and collective action is how we teach the next generation to work together in the face of a complex world.
Collaboration: We believe that long-term and deep impact is only possible when all stakeholders have true ownership of the work. It is our goal to become a part of our partner organizations and grow the work from within, so that when we leave the impact is lasting and authentic.
Reflection: We believe in working smarter, not harder because making systemic change is hard enough as it is. Assessment, analysis, and strategic response are at the core of everything we do. Building habits of reflection in our partner organizations inevitably leads to building those same habits in young women, so they are better equipped to fulfill their own life goals.
Our vision is for imPACT to become a hub for raising girls and women to embrace and share their power. Through continued work with organizations that support girls, we will shift the current “girl power” paradigm from how we empower girls and women, to how we enable them to access and share the power they already have free from systemic barriers such as sexism and racism. By providing content, professional development, and programming that bring girls, women, and their allies into spaces where they can be their authentic selves, we envision a revolution in the “girl power” movement in which girls and women no longer need empowerment; rather, they discover the power that already exists within.