Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker offer young people the opportunity to be themselves and inspire positivity with Smart Girls, a website that proves “smart girls have more fun.”
“What began as an online show for young girls and an excuse to host spontaneous dance parties has become a place for information, comedy and community.”
The site features advice articles straight from the mind of Poehler and stories of inspirational women that are doing good for the world, keeping in mind the goal to be comedic first, and informative second.
“We emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in,” said the Smart Girl team on their Facebook page. “We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We want you to truly be your weird and wonderful selves!”
Several series are featured including “Girls of the World,” highlighting women from all over including Northern Ireland, Peru, Sweden, and Nepal, as well as a series titled the “ABC’s of Smart Girls” featuring articles about friendship, heartbreak, and compassion.
Smart girls hosts “Calls to Action” campaigns encouraging girls to volunteer for their community. One of the projects hosted by the Smart Girls in collaboration with Disney Pixar’s new movie “Inside Out” was a mural painting at Downtown Disney in California, which asked people to think about someone they love, and spread joy.
The team also recently paired with the Keep Austin Fed, an organization that serves the hungry in the community with food from commercial kitchens around the area. The team unloaded food from local Trader Joe’s and spent the day giving back to their community.
The site is not exclusively for girls, as boys are welcomed to be “smarties” and are joined with male advocates including Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, and Jason Bateman, some of which host a segment called “Boys Minute.”
In the age of social media culture, where negativity seems to reign, Smart Girls gives young people the platform to celebrate their individuality and remind them to “change the world by being yourself.”