Bringing together their unique talents, Meredith Walker, Amy Miles, and Amy Poehler created the web series “Smart Girls at the Party”. The Smart Girls series has won a Webby Award and has been recognized by SXSWEducation and Common Sense Media for its inspiring content. However, Poehler and Walker were not content with merely creating empowering shows for young women, they wanted to create a community as well.
A Smart Girls at the Party website was born. Amysmartgirls.com provides a hub for teens, parents, teachers and fans of all ages to learn, to become a part of the greater Smart Girl community, and to participate in Smart Girl projects. The website has grown and evolved toward online campaigns to engage followers in volunteerism, civic activism, cultural exchange, and self-expression through the arts.
From here, Smart Girls has partnered with the well established non-profit Creative Action to form the Smart Girls/Creative Action Summer Camp. The camp, for girls ages 14-18, seems like a diverse group of girls just hanging out together, when in reality each activity is research based and designed to teach about relational aggression, critical thinking, social justice or one’s own ability to create change for good. The feedback from the campers and their caregivers has been overwhelming. The goal is to offer the camp in many cities in order to give this opportunity to as many girls as possible. In other ongoing field work, Ms. Walker gives workshops in schools, and talks at conferences nationwide to deliver the Smart Girls message.
Positive spaces like the one Smart Girls provides are much needed. Smart Girls at the Party serves as a fun and insightful resource that champions young women, letting them know that their best option is to be themselves.
CHANGE THE WORLD BY BEING YOURSELF!
Founded by actor and writer Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, the Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. Our motto is: Change the World by Being Yourself. What began as an online show for young girls and an excuse to host spontaneous dance parties, has become a place for information, comedy and community. When we use the word “community” we take that very seriously. Therefore, our intention is to be a safe place where those who make up that community may be heard and offered a response. We are finding that Smart Girls is the first community where many young men and women are able to express their own concerns. Through our “Call to Action” campaigns we encourage smart girls to volunteer and to be more curious about the world they live in. Our goal is to provide a healthy alternative to so much that is being marketed to young people on the internet. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves.