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Girls Advisory Team - GAT 2021 Application NOW OPEN!

​Are you a passionate high school student who is looking to share your voice?
Are you ready to be a leader in our community?
Work with youth like YOU to change the lives of women and girls in Santa Clara County

​The Girls* Advisory Team (GAT) is a group of up to 25 diverse and dynamic high school students from throughout Santa Clara County who receive valuable leadership training from the Office of Women’s Policy to expand their civic engagement and impact on local public policy for the advancement of women and girls.  The seven months of training includes networking opportunities and workshops provided by county departments, community-based organizations, and local businesses.  The team’s experience culminates in the development and implementation of the annual Strong Girls, Strong Women Conference in March.

*Girls refers to gender expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth,
gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth)​

 GAT Members will:
  • Learn how to apply a gender lens to local policy and programs; 
  • Network with elected officials and leaders from various county departments, including the Division of Equity and Social Justice, and professionals in various fields of interest;
  • Plan and implement the annual Strong Girls, Strong Women Conference;
  • Identify and implement a group service-learning project. ​
Our goal is to create a team that is representative of the county to work collaboratively with like minded individuals towards creating opportunities for empowerment, awareness, and education for one another and the community.
Members will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • Be a high school student (grades 9-12) who lives AND studies in Santa Clara County;
  • Have interest in becoming an ambassador for issues related to gender equity;
  • Contribute to the diversity of the team across socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and lived experience.
Responsibilities of Team Members:  
  • Attend and fully participate in monthly meetings (2-4 hours each) and monthly virtual meetings (1/2 to 1 hour each) between August and March;
  • Assist with the development and outreach of the annual Strong Girls, Strong Women Conference in March; 
  • Identify a current issue to develop a group service-learning project.
Application Process:
As part of the Division of Equity and Social Justice, the Office of Women’s Policy encourages students of diverse backgrounds including immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and other under-represented communities who have lacked access to mainstream leadership opportunities to apply. Interested high school students should submit an online application by June 30th, 2020. Deadline extended to July 7th, 2020. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a Zoom interview between July 13th and July 24th. Applicants will be notified of the results no later than July 29th.  

Deadline to submit GAT application is June 30th, 2020 
Deadline extended to July 7th, 2020

Proposed 2020-2021 Meeting Dates for Girls Advisory Team

Who can apply to be a part of GAT?
All youth are encouraged to apply to be a part of the Girls Advisory Team.

Can I still apply and be accepted to GAT if I have limited access to technology and internet?
Interviews and virtual meetings will be conducted via Zoom but does not exclude any applicant with limited technology access. We encourage all youth to apply. Office of Women’s Policy will extend available resources to selected participants who may have limited technology access for possible resolution.

What if I am not able to attend all of the GAT meetings?
Applicants should be able to make a minimum commitment to attendance of meetings of 80%. Applicants can convey any extenuating circumstances in the application and interview process.

How are COVID-19 public health concerns being applied to the GAT program?
Office of Women’s Policy will be reviewing program format as needed based on guidelines for public gatherings due to public health concerns during COVID-19. Any changes in program format will be conveyed to applicants and/or selected participants as soon as possible. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Who should be contacted with any questions about the GAT program?
If you have questions please contact us via email, phone call, or text at: / (669)666-4635 or / (408)529-8115.
Last updated: 6/30/2020 1:26 PM