The Girls’ Leadership Workshop is a week-long summer program for 10th-12th grade girls who have leadership potential to provide them with the inspiration, motivation, and skills needed to be leaders in their communities. Recruitment is based on recommendations by coaches and counselors with a focus on Summer Academy students. The students spend the week listening to and interacting with speakers, discussing and reflecting on issues regarding gender and confidence and on ways to change the culture. The goals of the program are to increase awareness of gender issues both locally and globally, to identify areas and communities where the girls can contribute and ways to do so, to build relationships with and become inspired by peers, teachers, alumni, and community leaders, and to partner with organizations to give the girls opportunities to continue their community service and their activism.
Participants distributed Bethesda Cares’ information cards to people they identified as experiencing homelessness in the community, made connections with each other and the guest speakers, and made commitment to continue to work together during the school year as members of the Girls Leadership Club.
Twenty-two girls participated in the program in the summer of 2015, up from 14 the previous year.