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Growing Up Powerful

Revolutionize girlhood with the Growing Up Powerful Podcast from Rebel Girls! Join BFFs Asha and Jestine as they try to figure out this wild thing called life. Jump in for game shows, mindfulness breaks, advice from experts, and more! A companion series to the new guidebook from Rebel Girls, Growing Up Powerful celebrates the messiness and milestones of growing up.

These are stories about dealing with big feelings, changing bodies, and connecting to the world around you. And just so you know, some of these themes may be mature for our younger Rebels. We encourage listening with your grown up.

ep. 1: Monster Tea – Embracing Emotions

Welcome to Growing Up Powerful! On this episode, Jestine and Asha share a quick mindfulness practice to help you breathe through all kinds of emotions.

EP. 2: A Meeting Of Minds – True Friendships

Asha and Jestine learn how to be more compassionate with each other with the help of socio-emotional learning consultant, Aline Topjian.

Ep. 3: Expert Talk With Alexandra Vaccaro

Jestine interviews psychotherapist and yoga instructor, Alexandra Vaccaro! Hear Alex’s thoughts on therapy, keeping healthy boundaries for yourself, and what to do if you’re worried about a friend.

Ep. 4: Noodle Time – Body Relaxation

Asha and Jestine share a quick mindfulness practice to help calm and empower yourself. Are you ready to feel like a noodle?

Ep. 5: Go With The Flow – Period Power

Asha and Jestine find themselves in a game show about how to be good to our changing bodies and appreciate everything they can do.

Ep. 6: Expert Talk with Dr. Nicole Sparks

Asha interviews Dr. Nicole Sparks about the importance of caring for our changing bodies. Hear how Dr. Sparks likes to exercise her body and unwind her mind before bedtime.

Ep. 7: Move Over, Milkdud! – Making Space

Asha and Jestine lead us through a short mindfulness practice to help find space for yourself and your feelings.

Ep. 8: Biology and Banana Peels – Defining Family

Asha and Jestine team up with celebrated author and Teen Vogue columnist Nona Willis Aronowitz to chat with their neighbors on how they define family and what it means to them.

Ep. 9: Expert Talk with Nona Willis Aronowitz

Jestine interviews author and relationship columnist at Teen Vogue Nona Willis Aronowitz on how we can get along with our families, and what the concept of chosen families means to her.

Ep. 10: Hakuna Matata – Learning Languages

Asha and Jestine share a short mindfulness practice to help you connect with people all over the world.

Ep. 11: March Moveness – Culture and Community

While Jestine participates in a dance-a-thon, Asha takes a trip around the world where we get to hear about cultures and community traditions that shape and inspire us.

Ep. 12: Expert Talk with Beth Lucas

Jestine speaks to middle school counselor Beth Lucas about how we can create our own communities and why being connected is so important.

Ep. 13: Growing Up Powerful… Together! – Affirmations

Asha and Jestine lead a short mindfulness practice with empowering affirmations so you can see yourself as a positive force in the world.

Ep. 14: Right In Our Own Backyard – Celebrating Ourselves

Asha and Jestine share stories as a way to celebrate who and where we are in the world.

Ep. 15: Expert Talk with Aline Topjian

Jestine interviews socio-emotional learning consultant, Aline Topjian! Hear Aline’s thoughts on healthy habits and how to keep your cool when others are stressed around you.

Ep. 16: Girls Helping Girls period

Asha interviews Elise and Quinn Joy, co-executive directors of Girls Helping Girls Period and Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Vice President at NYU Law’s Brennan Center for Justice and executive director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and author of the book Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity. They discuss menstrual equity and the importance of access to menstrual hygiene products in school, at work, and wherever there are people with periods.


This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the Growing Up Powerful book series from Rebel Girls.

This series was produced by Joy Smith, Deborah Goldstein, and Haley Dapkus, with sound design and mixing by Mumble Media. It was written and edited by Abby Sher. Fact-checking by Joe Rhatigan and sensitivity read by Schuyler Swenson.

Narration by Margaret Ying Drake as Asha and Imani Parks as Jestine. Special thanks to our Expert Talk guests: Alexandra Vaccaro, Dr. Nicole Sparks, Nona Willis Aronowitz, Beth Lucas, and Aline Topjian.

Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. Our executive producers were Joy Smith and Jes Wolfe.

Thank you to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this podcast possible. Stay rebel!