2012 has been arewarding year for Girl Talk and its Founder & Executive Director, Haley Kilpatrick.  One of our 20 People to Watch, we were able to catch up with her and see how her work has progressed since last October.

In addition to Girl Talk celebrating ten years of inspiring middle and high school girls through mentoring, leadership, and community service, Haley’s book The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School, Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More was released by Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster. Written over three years and based on more than two thousand hours of in depth interviews with middle and high school girls, The Drama Years launched a national book tour in April beginning with NBC’s Today Show. Thanks to the support of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Haley was able to travel to twelve states, lead twenty free parent/daughter workshops, and reach more than 2,500 people with her positive outlook on the middle school years and how programs like Girl Talk can help girls make the right choices.

Girl Talk continues to grow and  now reaches more than 40,000 girls in forty four states and six countries, with our newest state being Maine and latest country, India.

Haley explains that partnering with the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy’s “Choose to Matter” contest, has been among the top highlights of this year. Sponsored by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility in conjunction with McDonald’s, this contest  was held to empower young female athletes to make a difference in the communities around them through instilling entrepreneurship, leadership skills and a sense of civic responsibility. Over 60,000 voters picked Girl Talk Leader, Moriah Wilson’s community service project “Lil’ Hearts of Love” as one of the four winners! It is an honor to get to work with true role models like Julie Foudy, and I will keep working hard so our girls become women like her,” says Kilpatrick.     

The Girl Talk Team just completed the last of two incredible, life-changing weeks of summer camp with more than 100 girls at each session.  In addition to the excitement and Chapter growth during the back to school season, they are also looking forward to celebrating our official tenth anniversary with afundraiser that will help launch them into the next ten years and beyond. The event will be on November 17th, in Atlanta, GA and Girl Talk will be honoring the key people and supporters who have helped them get where they are today. With the continued support of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility,the 2012-2013 school year could be their best year yet.