This is a grant from The Awesome Fund, dedicated solely to student clubs and organizations, and funded by a generous Hopkins alumnus, a matching donation from his employer, and the family & friends of Ethan Lang.
HEF’s Awesome Fund is providing the 35 members of Hopkins North Junior High Girls United Club with copies of Speak, the acclaimed 1999 novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Club leaders have been inspired by the meaning and power behind this moving novel and wish to share and discuss its difficult topics among all members. The novel is the story of a teenage girl outcast by her high school peers for calling the police and breaking up a party she was attending, because she was traumatized by a sexual assault. Through the novel the character struggles to find her voice, eventually breaking through the pain and isolation to speak up for herself. Girls United advocates for the equality of all women while teaching girls to have confidence, self-respect, and independence. The club is eager to use this novel – now and in the future – as an instructional tool as they support one another to speak up.
North Junior High
Submitters: Elif Ozturk, student; Emma Randolph, faculty advisor