GIRLS SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
AT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Tuesday, July 12th - Friday, July 15th
Girls Girls Take Charge is a national award winning leadership development program designed to inspire and empower collegiate, high school and middle school-aged girls to become self-confident, courageous and compassionate leaders in their communities!
A Not To Miss Summer Opportunity…
- Learn Key skills for use in school, college and beyond!
- Learn from current Female Leaders.
- Have fun and learn more about you!
- Experience a day in the life of college
- Develop new friendships
What is Girls Take Charge?
Girls Take Charge is a leadership for teen girls/young women. The program is highly interactive, providing an opportunity for girls to express their thoughts and experiences. The Girls Take Charge curriculum has been carefully designed after years of research, surveys, and facilitation to ensure it maximizes the opportunity to teach girls key life and leadership skills that matter. It is a special set of workshops that all girls can benefit from. Girls who attended past programs include sports captains, clubs and organization leaders as well as girls who have demonstrated the eagerness and motivation to lead but may have not yet had the opportunity.
What will the week be like?
The award winning curriculum has been carefully designed by the expert team members of Learning to Lead a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The curriculum is specialized based on the participant’s grade so that they are learning age appropriate skills as well as being surrounded by girls who are their own age.
Most importantly it is designed to be fun and interactive!
What are some of the key skills learned during the week?
Each participant will be assigned to one of three tracks based on her grade as of the Fall of 2011. Each track includes a specifically designed curriculum for that age group. In addition to these separate skill building sessions, all girls will have a chance to listen to daily speakers and participate in panel discussions. All girls will also rotate through team building outdoor sessions. working in teams, decision making, motivation and effective communication will be addressed. Please see more specifics below based on the participant’s age about skills addressed during track sessions. The skills mentioned below will be included in age appropriate content and will vary based on the participants track. For example, risk taking is presented to both Track I and Track II but the activity differs amongst these groups.
What types of girls attend the program?
Since one of the important focuses of Girls Take Charge is to see each girl as an individual and not a type we have girls attend who are athletes, musicians, and artists. We have girls that are into fashion and others who are most comfortable in their gym shorts. We have girls who have traveled the world and girls who have never been out of their hometown or state. We have girls who come from private school and those who attend public schools. Girls who attend Girls Take Charge quickly realize that this will be a few days where there are no labels, no cliques. Girls often comment on how positive and supportive the environment was and how quickly they made friends. Girls Take Charge is not for everyone but it is for most! A common thread amongst each girl is their desire to reach goals and excitement about their future.
What ages can attend the program?
The Girls Take Charge summer program is open to girls who are rising 7th - 12th graders for the 2011/2012 school or (currently 6th – 12th grade)
Are you all things to all girls?
Of course not. To be perfectly honest, there have been a few girls in the past who have not enjoyed the program. The program is available to all girls, but not necessarily all girls are ready for the program. Girls who enjoy the program (and the vast majority do as you can see from the videos and testimonials) are motivated and excited about their futures. It is normal for participants to be uncertain about the week and even a little nervous (We get just as excited and anxious as well!) Girls quickly develop friendships and feel connected due to the program design. Apprehension, excitement and curiosity are all acceptable and welcome!