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“We’re trying to change the master narrative around black girls being loud, mean, promiscuous, and defiant,” says Halyard. “We want to flip that question of, ‘What is wrong with you?’ to ‘What has happened to you?’ and provide the platform for black girls to speak with their own voices.” Likewise, Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality has launched the Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Network for Girls of Color as a space for youth-advised resources to better serve girls of color in school.

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