Check out two great solutions about how two Brooklyn, NY based organizations refer to the girls involved in their programs.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project calls the teenage girls who attend their program "Nashers" which is a great solution. Not only does it avoid the whole girls/young ladies thing, the word Nashers also helps create a sense of belonging to the larger organization, which is a key to success with all young people.
Girls at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls are often called "campers" or "rockers" which also works. Although campers is certainly accurate, I prefer rockers. It supports the concept that you don't have to be an expert at something before you can refer to yourself as that thing, whatever it may be. Also, it's sassy. Who thinks of girls as rockers?
Both Sadie Nash Leadership Project and the Willie Mae Rock Camp are What's Good For Girls. Check them out: Sadie Nash is a leadership program for girls 14 - 21 in Brooklyn which supports girls as they think through what they believe and how to take action in their communitities. www.sadienash.org
Girls ages 8 - 18 form bands, learn instruments, write a song, and perform it all in one week of camp. www.williemaerockcamp.org
Anyone else out there with some solutions?