In 2000, Rachel co-founded the Girls Leadership Institute, a national non-profit organization teaching girls skills for assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and authentic relationships. The Girls Leadership Institute 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.

Thirteen years later, GLI 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 GLI with the confidence to be themselves and build lasting friendships.

GLI programs include Real Parent, Real Daughter Weekly Workshops for grades K-5, Real Parent, Real Daughter Weekend Workshops for grades 6-8, GLI After SchoolGLI Summer Day CampGLI Summer Residential Camp and Girl Meets World professional development training. We presently are running workshops, after school programs 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 GLI programs, regardless of her family’s financial situation. You can be the person who makes GLI possible for these extraordinary girls. Your gift to Girls Leadership Institute allows us to bring the powerful experience of leadership to girls across the country. An increasing number of GLI 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.

GLI is in our seventh 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 ten 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 GLI helps girls to build.

Please consider donating to help GLI provide motivated YWLN students with the life changing opportunity to attend GLI.

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