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Girls Take Charge

Loyola College

Baltimore, MD 

9am to 3pm 

July 9th - 13th, 2018

-4th/5th Grade Program

Welcome to the Baltimore GTC Location! 

Please review the information below to learn more about what to expect during the week!  We are looking forward to a great one!   


Remember, each year we change about 75% curriculum so our returners can enjoy new activities as well as see how they have grown in some of the program's favorite activities.  Each week is the same program.  Content does not vary each week.  

GTC Program Overview


What is Girls Take Charge?

Girls Take Charge is a life and leadership program for girls. The program is highly interactive and provides an opportunity for girls to fully 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 all opportunities to teach girls key life and leadership skills that matter in real life. All girls will benefit from the specially designed set of workshops provided by GTC.

What will the week be like?

The award-winning curriculum has been carefully designed by the team members of Learning to Lead a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


The curriculum is specialized based on the girls' school level so they learn age-appropriate skills while being surrounded by girls of a similar age. Most importantly, the program is designed to be fun and interactive!

Review the PROGRAM tab for exciting insights about the week and for an example of a daily schedule. 

What are some of the skills that you focus on during the week?

It is important for any future leader to first understand and realize who they are. We do several activities focused on developing strong and positive characteristics, skills, and interests. Some of the lessons used include:

  • Self-Awareness

  • Leadership 101

  • Self Esteem/Body Image

  • Strategies to Not Focus on Mean Girls

  • Growing Positive Relationships

  • Service Leadership

  • Effective Communication

  • Decision Making

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork

Who Attends Girls Take Charge?

The Baltimore GTC program is open to all girls who are rising 5th graders to 6th graders, currently 4th and 5th graders. Girls who attend are excited about their futures and look forward to spending time with fellow value-based girls.  We have activities that are for our active girls as well as activities that help girls who are more shy to learn about themselves, to participate, and to be leaders as well.  

If you are interested in our 6th - 8th grade track (rising 7th - 9th grade track) please email us so we can begin a waitlist for that program as well. 

Who are the staff members for the program?

Highly experienced educators serve as facilitators and program leaders for the week. In addition, local area women leaders serve as guest speakers and session leaders. College-aged women serve as junior facilitators so girls can learn from young women who have recently walked where they are walking. All GTC team members have all levels of child safety clearances. The GTC team has a passion for helping girls realize their full potential and can't wait to interact with your daughter.

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Maria Tannous


Regional Program Manager, Baltimore, MD

Maria is very excited to be part of the GTC team to empower and encourage girls to take charge of their future. She attended Notre Dame of Maryland University, an all-women’s university, for her Bachelors and Master’s Degree. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early and Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Leadership in Teaching ESOL. Receiving an all-women’s education has made a huge impact on her education positively.

She currently works for Baltimore County Public Schools as an ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher during the school year. She has been teaching for the county for 4 years. Maria enjoys working with children from different cultures and backgrounds, they teach her so much about the world. Previous to teaching ESOL students, she taught Pre-k students for 3 years. Her passion is working with children and believing that every child has potential to be amazing.

When she is not teaching, she is being active with her family or friends. She enjoys being outside and taking hikes. She also enjoys swimming. Swimming impacted her life significantly to becoming a stronger and more independent person. She was on swim team in college and co-captain her junior and senior year.


Registration, Tuition, Waitlist

Registration is now open! The program usually sells out by early Spring, so sign-ups are recommended to be completed early. Any girls who end up on the waitlist are provided the chance to enter the program the following summer prior to public registration.

What is the tuition?

Early tuition special for the GTC Baltimore Program is $295 through 4/20 and $325 after 4/20.  The program runs from 9am to 3pm.  Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and snacks.  Meals are not provided. 

Are there refunds for the program?

REFUND POLICY: FULL Refunds will be provided until April 30th, then from May 1st until May 15th a full refund may be provided if there is a waitlist and someone to take the registration spot. NO REFUNDS are provided after May 15th, including during the camp.

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Schedule, Location

Can my daughter be with a friend?

Of course! We want your daughter to have a great experience, including strengthening current friendships and gaining new ones. Friends can be together in most activities and dine together at lunch. Please note on the registration form if friends would like to be at the same or close by each other’s table.

The Girls Take Charge leadership program takes place at Flannery O’Conner Hall, number 49 on the campus map and adjacent to the Loyola Notre Dame Library. To see its location, view the campus map here and look toward the upper right of the upper right campus map.  Parents can use the library address of 200 Winston Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212 and then the campus map to locate building 49.  Parking is available in the large parking lot near the library. 

Is Transportation provided?

Transportation is not provided. 

What are daily check-in times/locations/parking?

Check-in time for the program is 9:00am. Check out time is at 3pm.  For more information about possible aftercare,please contact Regional Program Manager, Maria Tannous at  

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What to Bring

What should my daughter bring each day?

The attire for the week is comfortable and casual. Past participants have worn shorts, t-shirts, etc. Girls should also bring a refillable water bottle and morning snack.  We do try to get outside in the mornings for about 60 - 90 minutes (weather permitting including heat as well as outside space availability).  We suggesst you bring suntan lotion for this time.  Girls also must provide their own LUNCH AND SNACKS.  Refrigeration is not provided. 

Phones and other technology?

Technology from participants are “bring at your own risk.” We ask that during the sessions cell phones are put away. Participants are welcome to check in at home or with friends during lunch or breaks. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen technology or personal items.

Lunch or snacks?

Please pack a hearty morning snack as our lunch time is later in the day. EACH PARTICIPANT will be responsible for packing their own lunch. Lunch is NOT provided.  Lunch is usually not until 1pm each day. 

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Safety, Health and Wellness


What should I do if my daughter has food allergies or special dietary needs?

While students are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks, if a participant has any dietary restrictions, please contact Maria Tannous at to discuss further details or special accommodations. 

What should I do if my daughter needs to take medication during the day?

Some participants will need to bring medication. We ask that you note the need to bring medication on the application form along with how you would like the medication administered and stored. We do not have a nurse on staff.

What is your illness policy?

If a child becomes ill during the camp, the parent will be notified to pick up their child. We ask that parents pick up their child within an hour of when they are notified.

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Still need more info:

Maria Tannous at


Looking for the 6th - 8th grade program?

Please complete the form below and we will notify you if are able to bring this program as well to Loyola this summer!