This page will be updated continually with resources that align with our mission and vision.
Join the list-serve of local and national organizations advocating for girls:
Explore Chicago and Nationwide Reports (CUG Recommended Reports):
Illinois Council on Women and Girls (20 ILCS 5130) Annual Report January 2020 by Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Straton
2019 Report on the Status of Chicago's Women and Girls by Chicago Foundation for Women in Partnership with Loyola University Center for Urban Research and Learning
Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout: Overview and Key Findings
The Status of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends
Healthy Chicago 2.0
Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected
The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls Story
Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunities
CUG Recommended Books
Resources Created By Our Steering Committee Members
Chapter 11: Girls and Trauma: Performing Socio-Surgery through a Gender-Responsive Lens, Sherida Morrison and T-wannda Piper review a compilation of research that examines the physiological, psychological, and social effects of trauma in girls. Together, they discuss the Trauma Print, "a psychosocial imprint representing the enormity and impact of adverse childhood experiences on an individual that can affect their engagement with each socio-ecological sphere of influence".
They’re All The Same Girl, a literary guide sharing her journey working with our girls and building the highly regarded Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program. Kelly Fair delivers turn-key tactics and shares insight on successfully garnering support from volunteers, schools, civic and corporate partners.
The South Side Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCG) developed the “Girls in the City- South Side Edition” Resource Guide” (magazine style) which provides vital health, personal development information and community resources for girls. Sherida Morrison, Brianna Lawrence.
The Bongo Beads are handmade beads by Tanzanian high school students who are orphans. Our Reel Beauty girls hand make these beads every Saturday at the Uzima Centre in Mwanza Tanzania to help pay for their education and transportation to school. Please purchase your beads today to support our girls in Africa. Thank you for your support. Deida Massey.
The Foundation of Beauty is an unparalleled read about knowing who you are as it relates to self-esteem, self-worth, and fortifying your confidence. With 10 years of mentorship under her belt, Deida Massey shares transparent experiences, both personal and professional, of her own challenges with self-esteem along with beauty tips from her 16-year career as a celebrity makeup artist.