The Girls!

  • Welcome to The Project For Girls! This is a space carved out for you, the girls! With content for teens and tweens, written by teens and tweens, we talk to successful girls everywhere, capturing their drive and spark.

    Our hope is that it creates a safe space for inspiration and dialogue. To share ideas. To wildly inspire. But, most of all, to be honest. So lets start talking!

     

    xo,
    Lauri

Ava August

Singer/ SongwriterSouthern California, CaStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

Most people who know Ava August describe her as an old soul. From an early age, she found her greatest passion in singing, but Ava also discovered her greatest challenge with the onset of Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4. Both have made August who she is today, contributing to the creativity, drive, and determination that continuously set her apart in her music and athletics and 

make many take notice of this young teen and her talents.  With a near future EP release, August talks to TPFG about the process of songwriting, her inspirations and dreams. And via the strong, soulful voice we heard throughout the shoot, we can only imagine the magic journey that Ava August is about to begin. This is her story.  

 


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Grace Rose

Fashion DesignerLos Angeles, CAStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Grace Wethor for Rosie G
Makeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

Grace Rose was a dreamer and a survivor from day one. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, GR made her daily challenges the vehicle to empower a movement around advocacy for CF.  And this all began at the young age of 2! Since her first walk at a fashion fundraiser, Grace Rose has propelled her efforts and creativity into designing her own line of clothing.  Rosie G is a line dedicated to spreading awareness and inspiring funding to find a cure for CF. Today, Grace Rose talks to TPFG about life with Cystic Fibrosis, and how her “trials” have become her greatest source of joy, inspiration and community. 


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Tate Drucker

PhotojournalistMozambique, AfricaPhotos by Nicole Green & Tate DruckerStory by Lauri Levenfeld

For Tate Drucker, setting root in Mozambique this winter has been a dream come true and will be the place she calls home for an indefinite time. Long ago, Drucker picked up her first camera and the act solidified a strong purpose and newfound way to express her passion and devotion to protecting wildlife and the natural world. As a photojournalist, the camera became Tate’s tool in  navigating the stories of the world, discovering people and places she has never known, yet with time and effort has become the voice to many. Today, she shares her story and the images that have gotten her (at such an early age) into the pages of National Geographic, Discovery and many more publications. 

 

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Natalie Hampton

Sit With UsLos Angeles, CAStory & Photography by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Grace Wethor
Makeup & Hair by Stephanie Baker

Natalie Hampton was a creative and inspired kid, always social and ready for the next party or fun celebration. That was until Middle School, when Natalie was bullied online and in real life. The teasing and torture became scary when Hampton was physically attacked and had to change schools for safety. Hampton decided it was time to stand up and do something, to take the power away from these bullies and claim it back for herself and anyone who has ever gone through a similar story. Natalie created an app, Sit With Us, where no one is left alone at lunchtime to build back a community of love and kindness, where no one is alone and there is a place for everyone. Natalie has been awarded many times over for her courage in saying no. No to bullies, one lunch at a time.  

 

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Zai Deriu

Red Sky At NightSan Francisco, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Zai Deriu

This story makes perfect sense, but it won’t, at least not entirely.

 

I don’t seem to be able to find the right words to write about the night in a fully comprehensive way. I don’t remember what I was thinking at the time, or what words were said, just feelings which may have accompanied thoughts at some moment in time, but have now dissipated into nothing. However, it feels like enough to me.

 

I was wearing a red dress that night. What other color would it be?

Weeks earlier, it had seemed to present itself to me in the store, catching my hair on the tag, as if to say that it was the one. That I remember clearly. I remember walking to the front of the clothing store and back-bending over the counter, so the electronic tag might be taken out of my hair with the little machine that was supposed to be used while clothes weren’t attached to their buyers, but fortunately for me, it still worked. I would have bought the dress anyways. There was no need for it to attach itself to me. 

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Jocelyn Woods

Los Angeles, CAStory & Photography by Lauri LevenfeldRetail by Izzy Be

In April 2017 Jocelyn Woods appeared on the stage at the RDMA’s I was attending with my daughter Harley and I was immediately captivated. Jocelyn’s story tugged at my heart, a childhood which began complicated yet bloomed into a life prospered by love and inspiration. At five years old, Woods entered the doors to the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley, and suddenly, she felt safe, secure and supported to try new things, develop new skills, educate

and wonder. And through her many successes along the way, Woods became a believer and a leader paving the way for others.  With a full ride to USC and the honor of National Youth of the Year in her pocket, it is now Woods lifetime goal to make education, more specifically the college process, easy and accessible to others, especially those from impoverished backgrounds (like herself) who need a little more encouragement and support along the way.   

 

 

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Sienna Vratimos

SuperheroDaly City, CAPhotography by Wendy HortonStory by Lauri Levenfeld
Retail by Little Rags and Riches & Airfish

When photographer Wendy Horton brought Sienna Vratimos to my attention, I was blown away by the presence, the strength and the love of this little girl. At five years old, Sienna’s non-verbal autism has challenged her life in many ways, yet has never defined her. Through the support of her loving mom Karyn, the Vratimos’ family and her therapists created a dedicated blog to share her story, to sharpen her toolset, and to help others through insight and resources. Karyn’s photo booth has given Sienna a celebratory platform to connect and communicate with others, while giving its readership the opportunity to witness the incredible internal light radiating from one deeply determined and passionate child. For Karyn and her daughter Sienna, this is a journey of love, two best friends, and a community learning to see life a little differently and taking a cue from a new Superhero on how to live life to the fullest.

 

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Allegra O’Brien

The DiplomatBelvedere, CAPhotos & Story by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Katja O’Brien
Makeup & Hair by Veronica Fensel

For Allegra O’Brien, traveling with her family throughout her childhood gave her the unique opportunity and insight into many different cultures, people, and ways of the world. This understanding has shaped the person she is today and has cultivated a deep compassion and desire to connect with others. Rather than be tied to the typical teenage occupations, Allegra works hard to

navigate a path built of authenticity, discovery, and passion. O’Brien is the first to admit she hasn’t necessarily found her ultimate live-or-die “thing”, but meanwhile, she’s putting her energy into staying open and participating in all that she loves. We have to admit, even if her journey is still unfolding, what Allegra has gained thus far is proving to be quite enlightened and special.  

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Nicole Green

JournalistSan Francisco, CAStory & Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

I knew Nicole Green was a stand-out for the lucky year I had her interning for The Project for Women. I immediately understood her drive, her understanding, her passion and her kindness towards others and the world around her.  What I did not realize was her total badass perspective on the way she wanted to see the world, record it and change it for the better. Over the past year, Green has gone on to shine light on her own star locking in a journalism major and a future career telling stories through her writings &  photos.

Last week, she jumped at the chance for her first major assignment covering the Northern California fires for her college magazine. Through her story today on The Project for Girls,  Nicole gives us a unique window into the heartbreaking relics and devastation of last week, yet celebrating the women and men who bravely fought to keep their communities safe and who will forever be marked as heroes. 

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Megan Rose

SongwriterSan Ramon, CAPhotos & Story by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

When Megan Rose stepped onto the stage for Season 13 of The Voice, her smoky rendition of “Ode to Billie Joe” not only instantly turned the chair of Adam Levine (and later had him offering up his judge’s seat to Rose for deliberations), but went on to make Voice history as Megan became the last seat on the all-girl team of one Miss Miley Cyrus. A moment crystalizing Megan’s forever dream and all the blood, sweat and tears given to getting there. This San Francisco local with deep-seated country roots understands how important family, community, and an all-girl squad are to keeping her passions and purpose uplifted and undeniable. In response to that glorious moment when Megan made her-story, “I’m not intimated to be on an all-female team, it’s empowering.” This is a girl after our own heart. 

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