Act For Women and Girls Engaging women and girls in leadership Thu, 08 Dec 2022 15:35:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Message from Our Chair Thu, 08 Dec 2022 15:07:37 +0000

Life in the Central Valley is not without challenges, particularly for our comunidad. While the multi-year pandemic and life after Roe v. Wade hits hard in many places, our team’s commitment to show up for each other and our beloved community is strong! Our people are among the most creative, resourceful and courageous … ¡y le echamos ganas!

ACT for women and girls connects community members to opportunity and resources year-round and 2022 is no different. We’ve been on task fostering networks of care, sharing skills, getting out the vote and engaging individuals and families across Reproductive Justice issues.

Take a look at the incredible work we’ve done this year

This work impacts countless lives in our community and we continue to advance our Reproductive Justice mission –relentlessly and with pride! At ACT, we are super excited about what 2023 brings and look forward to updating you. Stay tuned.

We are also grateful to our supporters for contributing to the Fall fundraising campaign! You can still donate if you missed the opportunity to support during the drive. Please consider making a contribution today in the range of $25-$50 – or any amount you feel it’s doable for you. Everything we raise by Dec. 31st will support programming in 2023.

Thank you for being involved and contributing to ACT’s success! These wins are yours.

In community,

Caroline Farrell
Board Chair

Join us!

Together, we are doing great things in the new year.

Please help us find the next extraordinary leadership for ACT for Women and Girls! Mon, 07 Nov 2022 15:18:27 +0000

ACT for Women and Girls (ACT), a 17-year-old reproductive justice organization building power through leadership development, community organizing, advocacy, and policy change in our Central Valley communities, is searching for fierce, courageous, new leadership to work for youth leadership development and gender, racial, and reproductive justice!

Located in Tulare County, in the Central Valley of California, we need executive leadership that will provide unwaveringly committed and compassionate support and guidance to our team. We are eagerly seeking candidates who can demonstrate their ability to enrich our community-based reproductive justice work centering youth leadership and focused on a range of intersectional justice issues in the rural Central Valley, in California, and across the country.

We are seeking an Executive Director who has the skills, passion, and stamina to lead all aspects of the ACT organization, including overseeing our programs, operations, our strategic priorities, and our foundation and grassroots fundraising.

We are seeking your support to promote this opportunity and help to identify strong candidates.

Toward this goal, we ask that you please:

  • Read and share this post and information with those you believe could be or who may help to identify strong candidates
  • Post, like, and share information from this message throughout your social justice networks
  • Like and elevate ACT’s social media posts regarding this search
  • Send candidate recommendations directly to, with the subject line: “Candidate recommendation – [Candidate name]”.

Some of the qualities and characteristics we are looking for in a candidate (full list below):

  • A tenacious, clearly demonstrated commitment to and passion for justice for all people
  • Integrity, humility, compassion
  • Supportive and patient leadership with a sense of humor
  • Comfortable making decisions, and both giving and receiving feedback
  • Adaptable to a fluctuating, evolving work environment
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative to propose solutions, and work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Skilled in keeping team focus on shared organizational vision and goals.

Some of the skills and experiences we are prioritizing include:

  • A background in community mobilization, organizing, and building power for justice; policy advocacy; community and civic engagement and relationship-building
    Understanding of ACT’s vision for our community and can clearly and easily articulate it
  • Alignment with and able to hold and uplift a focus and direction to keep ACT on track
  • Long-term planner with an eye toward short-term details
  • Proven, effective management of people, programs, and budgets
  • Consistent ability to move from dreaming to learning to building and executing strategies, as well as implementing, evaluating, and revising them
  • Experience in power-sharing and working with BIPOC/Queer and Trans (Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary people who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color), young people, undocumented families, low-income communities
  • Can focus on and stay grounded in a mission, strategic goals, and work plans, while also noting practical ways an organization can evolve and grow in response to emerging community needs
  • Knowledgeable of collective histories of struggle by marginalized people, and of reproductive justice and comprehensive sex ed politics in Tulare County, CA

Supporting ACT’s organizational mission is a fundamental expectation of all employees and volunteers of ACT, regardless of their position or work. Our mission is rooted in reproductive justice which has, at its heart, explicit support for the rights of QTBIPOC and for the right of all people to access contraception and safe and legal abortion without judgment or discrimination.

Reproductive justice has never been more important. Whether in sharing information or resources, written correspondence, speaking one-on-one with community members or to a group, or while representing ACT in any capacity, all members of our team are required to maintain this commitment.

ACT’s current annual budget is over half a million dollars. We currently have 3 dedicated and inspiring full-time staff members, as well as teams of seasonal workers and temporary staff. The location of the Executive Director position is in the Central Valley of California.

We owe so much of our success to YOU! Thu, 13 Oct 2022 12:27:43 +0000

We are here and we are doing the things! Quite simply, there is a lot we have accomplished together in the last year and so much more impact that your involvement with us will bring about in 2022.

ACT for Women and Girls launched the RJ Collective this summer – a weekly community space led by women and queer identified youth of color to help inform comunidad in the Central Valley about a range of issues, including abortion access in the post-Roe era.

Meet ACT's Youth

“We begin with land acknowledgements, share our names and about ourselves, then we educate about different topics.” That’s Alexis (they/he/him/él), long-time youth leader at ACT.
“We begin with land acknowledgements, share our names and about ourselves, then we educate about different topics.”  That’s Alexis (they/he/him/él), long-time youth leader at ACT.

Workshops cover issues such as youth voting, queer inclusive sex ed, and abortion access in the Central Valley. Together with the staff, Alexis helps facilitate many of these topics. And since Roe was overturned last June, the RJ Collective has become the safe space people need to air their feelings, share their worries, and stay informed.

We meet people where they are.

Alexis found a sense of community when they joined their first ACT meeting as a freshman in high school. One of the first campaigns Alexis joined sought to change the voting age from 18 to 16 in local elections. Other efforts included sanctuary protections for undocumented students. He calls it sacred work.

It showed me that my existence was a thing, my concerns real and valid… It showed me that I could dream.

Now at 19 and a sophomore in college, Alexis credits the staff at ACT for how passionate they are about social justice and policy advocacy. And that’s because the ACT team not only base-builds and educates, they also mentor the young people who turn to ACT for the safe, affirming space it offers to queer, enby, trans, and gender-expansive youth of color.

Alexis calls themself a proud undocumented queer latine. “Sometimes we become the person our younger self needs.”

Despite all odds, and frankly because of them, ACT is doubling down and recommitting to serving women and girls in our neighborhoods, including queer, young parents, and youth of color. In light of the current political climate and the post-Roe environment, we are holding the hard conversations and reimagining what’s possible.

People in the Central Valley are fighting like hell for reproductive freedom – for human dignity. This community is committed to thriving, not just surviving, and we will not be overlooked. In the wake of the fall of Roe, ACT for Women and Girls is actively engaging young people at the local level. Together, we are building power and fueling hope.

You  will agree with us that ACT is a community anchor and the go-to resource in the Central Valley for Reproductive Justice, and a launching pad for countless young people like Alexis.

I’ve seen so many youth who are flourishing and doing great things for the community – many of them have influenced me as well. I am just one of several people who have been inspired, motivated, cultivated by ACT.

Through an evolving, multi-year pandemic and with limited staff capacity, we are fiercely moving hacia adelante! We are phone banking to keep everyone informed about our rights. We are gathering virtually to grow our knowledge and uplift the community.

We have a role for you

Your gifts of time, energy and resources are a game changer, and this time is no different.

You shine in your support of this work. Your advocacy has strengthened youth agency by continuing to demand young people’s access to comp sex ed. Your donations have helped expand inclusion of talent and voices from impacted communities by bolstering youth-led activism and grassroots leadership.


Thank you for all you are doing to advance the Reproductive Justice movement in the Central Valley, it means everything.

Job Announcement – Program Coordinator ACT for Women and Girls Thu, 12 May 2022 17:03:06 +0000

ACT for Women and Girls is currently seeking an applicant for the position of Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator is an integral part of ACT’s program implementation. The Program Coordinator will divide time among programs, campaigns, and implementation of sexual health education courses. They will implement ACT’s FLA and SHAPE programs and assist with Mutual Aid and EZE subscription boxes.

To apply you will need to:

  • submit an online application  and
  • send a cover letter (*) and resume to or by mail to 1900 N. Dinuba Blvd., Suite A, Visalia, Ca. 93291.

(*) Your cover letter should detail your qualifications, experience, passion, and commitment to reproductive justice.

Transformation at ACT for Women and Girls Mon, 29 Nov 2021 14:42:01 +0000 ACT for Women and Girls was founded 15 years ago with the goal of being an organization that uplifted and empowered the women of Tulare County to be leaders and address reproductive rights. After many years of transformation and learning, remaining responsive to community needs, and the overall Reproductive Justice landscape in The Valley, as well as the rest of the country, ACT is now more than ever working to achieve a true representation of Reproductive Justice for ALL. 

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact our communities, we want to offer you this update about us as an organization. Although our physical office has been closed over the last year and a half, ACT staff and board have undertaken a deep commitment to culture change and organizational transformation. Together, in the midst of the challenges we all face, ACT has stepped up and realized that we cannot achieve Reproductive Justice without Gender, Racial, or Transformative Justice. Addressing anti-Blackness and white supremacy within ourselves, our communities, and institutions is of the utmost importance, and it starts with us. 

As we continue to work against intersectional, systemic inequities, and injustice in our community, we have brought in Restorative Justice practices to help ensure we can effectively create mindful and intentional spaces with one another.

We are also actively aware of all of the ways that those same oppressive themes played out in our nonprofit organization. In the same ways that we work to dismantle racism, ageism, white supremacy, and transphobia through our work, we are building the means to stay vigilant about such dynamics within ACT. 

We have used this time to rebuild a practice and culture that is practical and meaningful to all of us, including staff and board. We want to keep aspiring and achieving by using institutionalized tools, practices, and spaces in which to address oppression and work out conflict. We are committed to visioning and working together, and to celebrating each other along the way.

By upholding this commitment, we know we are strengthening ourselves and all of our work for you, our community. This process is not linear; these tools are just the starting point. We thank you for your constant support, and we look forward to continuing the work and moving forward in our transition for the betterment of ACT, youth, and the community overall.


ACT Staff and Board of Directors

Giving Tuesday Tue, 05 May 2020 18:38:20 +0000


Three months ago, we sat together on the last night of the ACT SHAPE Retreat, youth from our Orosi and Woodlake programs and staff packed into our rented minivans, driving down Hollywood Boulevard with our windows down so we could feel the cold air against our faces and hear the bustle of the city. For many of the youth it was the first time that they had ever been outside of their own county. Folx talked about how they had seen Hollywood
Boulevard in movies and on their TV screens but had never had the opportunity to visit with their families. On our way to Hollywood Boulevard, we could feel the excitement building up. Folx had just eaten a whole meal in community and engaged in community building activities through discussions and trying new food. I can’t quite remember what was on the radio, just that it was adding to our hype. I don’t remember who started singing, but in a matter of seconds, everyone in the van was singing along to the music on the radio. Folx were recording on their phones and documenting this moment of our trip where I really believe that they felt like they were in community. I never thought that traffic would be fun, but it definitely added
to the amount of songs that we were all able to sing.

I think back on this day often now, during shelter in place, and reflect on how seemingly simple moments in community, sharing meals, and sharing space with one another is something we can never take for granted and now more than ever it is important to be intentional and creative in making that space possible. We may not be able to be physically together but we are still in community.

At ACT, we understand that all successful organizing is rooted in meaningful relationships developed through acts of solidarity and radical love. On this #GivingTuesdayNow, we ask you to join us in supporting our community.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Tulare County has been hit hard by COVID-19, and for communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, undocumented families, and young families who face existing barriers to basic needs such as healthcare, housing, and financial security the impact can be exponentially greater. Because systems are not meeting the needs of the most impacted members of our community during the pandemic, ACT is working to bring together funding to give back to folks who have given so much to us and who we value and love.

Through foundations and individual donor contributions, ACT is providing financial stipends to our participants, alumni, undocumented families, young parents, LGBTQ+ youth, and folks who have lost income during the time of the pandemic. Can you give a $50 donation today to support young people and families in our community? Thanks to a generous donor, all gifts, up to $5000 will be matched on #GivingTuesdayNow. That means the impact of your dollar can be doubled today! Donate here now or at , if you can, and share this ask with your friends and family. Together we can make it through this.

In Community,

ACT for Women and Girls

WE ARE VERY MUCH STILL HERE Fri, 20 Mar 2020 13:22:51 +0000 In light of the public health pandemic, ACT has decided to close its doors to the public to ensure the health and wellness of our staff and the young folks we work with on a weekly basis. We are moving youth programming to an online model to continue providing emotional support and political education to the amazing young people of color in our community.

ACT staff will continue to be available by call, text, email, DM, or over video – and we remain committed to our mission. We understand that not everyone has the privilege to work from home, and ACT staff decided collectively that it is our obligation to put those with compromised immune systems and those who are not afforded the basic human dignity of paid sick leave or access to basic health care at the center of this global health crisis.

If you need to get in contact with ACT, please send us an email at or DM us on social media. We are here for you. “Social distancing” can feel scary and isolating, and though we may be physically less visible, we are very much still here working for our people and community.

For now, we will be shutting our doors to the public until April 12th. During this time, please consider making a donation to support ACT for Women and Girls. Your support helps us to pivot and be creative at engaging young people through remote mediums and social media during this time. We look forward to continuing to build a reproductive justice movement in Tulare County with you!

In Solidarity,

ACT Staff

Alumni Outreach Coordinator Sun, 08 Mar 2020 14:51:04 +0000

Farewell Erin! Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:03:29 +0000 Farewell to our Fierce Leader and Executive Director, Erin Garner-Ford! Erin has been with ACT for almost 15 years, and began with the organization as its first Organizer to lead Feminist Leadership Academy on 2004 and has been building the Central Valley #ReproductiveJustice movement ever since.

Erin’s decision to move on from ACT was sparked by a motivation to center her family and a new beginning for her leadership. In the Fall of 2019, Erin’s son Jackson was diagnosed with stage three Melanoma Cancer, which led Erin to prioritize her son’s health and care for her family. Since her decision to resign as Executive Director, Erin is working as a consultant for ACT and a few other orgs in the Central Valley.

Erin has mentored and coached hundreds of young people and peers in Tulare County over the years, but her departure isn’t all tears She will be here for us, for ACT, and for our community forever and ever. We (and Erin) ask you to stand with ACT in our 15th Year of youth organizing and continue to support our work by donating now!

ACT Hiring: Program Coordinator Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:58:06 +0000

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