Created in 2017, the Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN) brings together organizations from rural and urban indigenous communities in the United States to strengthen the protection, safety, and resilience of girls by reclaiming neighborhood spaces and building local female-relative-led mentorship programs. IMAGEN, headquartered at the Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center in New York City, promotes the use of data-driven approaches in building assets for these adolescent girls. This report highlights the results of the IMAGEN Program Planning Workshop held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, December 3–5, 2019. The workshop stressed an urgent need for culturally grounded programming designed specifically for adolescent indigenous girls. Since the culmination of the Sioux Falls workshop and with the support of continued cohort-wide virtual check-ins and one-on-one technical assistance, IMAGEN’s grantee organizations have been meeting with local stakeholders, recruiting girls, and beginning mentorship program activities in their communities. As these safe spaces continue to meet and expand in 2020, IMAGEN looks forward to sharing more updates.
Hallman, Kelly, Stephanie Martinez, Lisa Polen, and Angel del Valle. 2020. "Reclamation: Returning to matrilineal traditions, building a new generation of indigenous Girl Societies.” IMAGEN Brief no. 6. New York: Indigenous Adolescent Girls' Empowerment Network (IMAGEN).
The Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN); GIRL Center