Girls Take Charge

Simmons College

Boston, MA

9am to 3pm 

July 9th - July 13th  

-Rising 7th - 9th Grade Girls as of summer 2018

(currently 6th - 8th graders)

Welcome to the Boston Area Girls Take Charge


Please review the information below to learn more about what to expect during the week!  We are looking forward to a fun and meaingful week. 


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 middle school and high school 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 Siena GTC is open to girls currently in 6th - 8th grades, rising 7th - 9th graders. Most of these girls are excited about their futures and look forward to spending time with fellow value-based girls, but we also have activities that help girls who are more shy to learn about themselves, to participate, and to be leaders 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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Morgan Baum


Regional Program Manager, Boston, MA

Morgan Baum is a masters student at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. She is halfway through the Comparative and International Education program and is passionate about discovering the connection between culture and education. Prior to Teachers College Morgan was at Skidmore College studying Psychology and Education. She loved her experience as a student teacher in a 5th grade classroom and has worked with many diverse population since then.


Morgan is excited to be a part of the Girls Take Charge team and looks forward to bringing her experience as a cultural education facilitator to the program. During the school year Morgan works at a non-profit organization that connects students with international college students. Through working with international college students to develop lessons, leading classroom discussions, and developing new program curriculum she has refined her skills in creating an environment that not only empowers students, but allows them to see the world from new perspectives.


When not studying or working, you can find Morgan at the yoga studio, spending time with her friends and family, searching for new foods, or traveling anywhere she can get a plane ticket to.


Motto to live by:

“Plans are useless, planning is indispensable” -Dwight D Eisenhower


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 Boston GTC Program is $325 through 4/20 and $365 after 4/20.  The program runs from 9am to 3pm.  Participants are asked to bring their own snacks.   Participants can bring their own lunch or bring cash to use in the Dining Hall on campus.  Typically a lunch costs around $8 to $10.  

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 on the beautiful campus of Simmons College.  The program will take place in the Kotzen Room of the Beatley Library/Lefavour Hall.  The building is located on 2 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Massachusetts 02115.  Please see attached campus map.  It is building #2 on the campus map.   Parents can drop off their children in the front of the building and pick them up there.  We will have a staff member out on the avenue with a golf shirt with the GTC logo on it to assist girls.  PLEASE provide time prior to the start of the program to review the campus map and how to proceed to the building.   The campus map can be viewed here. 

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.  Please contact the program manager if after care for potential after care. 

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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. 

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.  Lunch is usually not until 1pm each day.   Lunch is provided in the dining hall. 

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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 the program manager at the email listed at the bottom of the page for any concerns. 

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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