In 2000, Rachel co-founded Girls Leadership, a national non-profit organization teaching girls skills for assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and authentic relationships. Girls Leadership began as a labor of love – a reaction to the weak handshakes of girls Rachel met while researching Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls.
Fifteen years later, GL is about much more than a firm handshake. It’s a place where girls can discover and embrace the best parts of their authentic selves, learning skills to live with integrity, personal authority and self-awareness. Girls come away from GL with the confidence to be themselves and build lasting friendships.
GL programs include Real Parent, Real Daughter Weekly Workshops for grades K-5, Real Parent, Real Daughter Weekend Workshops for grades 6-8, GL Summer Day Camp, GL Summer Residential Camp and Girl Meets World professional development training. We presently are running workshops and camps in New York City, New Jersey, Colorado and the Bay Area. Girl Meets World training location varies, as does the Summer Residential Camp.
We believe that every motivated applicant should be able to attend GL programs, regardless of her family’s financial situation. You can be the person who makes GL possible for these extraordinary girls. Your gift to Girls Leadership allows us to bring the powerful experience of leadership to girls across the country. An increasing number of GL programs are offered at little or no cost to low income communities and families. Every gift and any amount makes a difference. Please consider making a donation today.
GL is in our ninth year of partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) to provide full scholarships for low-income young women of color for our residential summer camp. Over the past twelve years, YWLN has consistently provided inner city under-resourced youth with an excellent public education. Ninety-eight percent of YWLN graduates are accepted to college. Sonia Luna, a TYWLS student, was featured in Rachel’s PBS show, “A Girl’s Life.”
While education is a critical first step, these outstanding girls will also need the skills to manage conflict, the ability to listen to criticism, the grace to own mistakes and the resilience to respond when things don’t go as planned. It is this internal resume that GL helps girls to build.
Please consider donating to help GL provide motivated YWLN students with the life changing opportunity to attend GL.
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