The South Side Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCUG) is an alliance of organizations with the mission to increase the capacity of organizations to improve the health, safety and wellness of girls living on the South Side of Chicago. The Coalition was founded and convened by Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP, on March 17, 2010 in response to the “Status of Girls in Illinois Report” (released September 10, 2009). In May, 2011 the Coalition completed its evaluation goal and administered more than 400 surveys to girls ages 12-18 in various south side communities and reached an additional 180 girls through focus groups to determine the health priorities and needs of girls living in distressed communities on Chicago’s south side.

Our coalition activities include hosting “Girls on Fire Conference” for more than 300 girls in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, as well as “Project 38” Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Awareness activities and the United Nations “Day of the Girl.” SSCUG partners have participated in capacity building trainings in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Focus Group Facilitation, Gender-responsiveness, Pelvic Health for Women and Adolescents Females, Sex Trafficking and Mental Health for Youth.

SSCUG is in the final phase of completing the “Girls in the City-South Side Edition” Resource Guide” (magazine style) which provides vital health and personal development information for girls as well as community resources. It will be released in Spring 2016.

SSCUG strongly believes in a collective response to address the magnitude of issues faced by urban girls.

SSCUG has an exciting new quarterly meeting format!

Our quarterly meetings for 2016 will build upon the five pillars identified in the “Advancing Equity in Women and Girls of Color” released from the White House Office on Women and Girls. It is our aim that attendees will utilize the meeting as an opportunity to learn, make the right connections, and positively impact the lives of girls in Chicago.

General Body Meetings & Conferences for 2016
1Q MAR 30, 2016 Fostering Success & Reducing Unnecessary Exclusionary School Discipline (Pillar 1)
2Q JUN 15, 2016 Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable & Striving Youth (Pillar 2); Resource Fair
TBD Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference Chicago (Pillar 4)
3Q SEP 21, 2016 Inclusive STEM Education (Pillar 3)
4Q DEC 7, 2016 Economic Prosperity (Pillar 5)

Upcoming Events in 2016 (Member Only & Premier):

  • Grant Writing Workshop
  • Fiscal Diversity Workshop – Strategies to increase earned income for your organization (Publishing, Social Enterprises, Fee for Service, Real Estate, Goods & Services)
  • Program Development & Conducting Community Research Workshop
  • Social Media & Marketing Workshop – Best Practices

For more info contact us via email at or by calling (773) 779-9371.  Also… like us on Facebook!


Coalition Partner
As a Coalition Partner, your organization – its programs and services – will be included in our SSCUG media as a resource for girls throughout the greater Chicagoland community. We will look to each of our Coalition Partners to further the mission of the organization by adding its voice and unique perspective to ongoing dialogue, strategizing and collaborations with other providers throughout the SSCUG network.

Partnership is FREE and open to all community organizations serving the needs of girls throughout the Chicagoland area. Simply complete a Community Partner Profile Sheet and send it to

Coalition Member
For Coalition Partners who wish to connect with the SSCUG Network in a deeper way, you should consider becoming a Coalition Member. As a member, you are able to participate in a number of capacity building events for free, as well as receiving significant discounts on all premier events.

To become a member of SSCUG, you must additionally submit a Memorandum of Agreement along with the annual fee of $100 to be paid by April 1st, 2016.


“Advancing Equity in Women and Girls of Color Briefing”

“Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected”

Click here to see photos from the “2013 Girls on Fire Conference”

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About Girl KnoW More

Did you know that that nationwide – 1 in 4 girls are infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, or HPV (vaginal warts) – an infection which can cause cancer. And in Chicago, the rates of infection are considerably higher!

The Girl KnoW More campaign seeks to raise awareness about this health crisis which for many young women can cause long term health implications such as cancer, infertility, chronic pain – especially when diagnosis and treatment is delayed. Through various events, publications and digital media, girls, parents, and providers are able to get answers to their questions about STIs and HPV – prevention, treatment, testing, etc.

Girl KnoW More is a program of the Southside Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCUG).