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GIRLS TAKE CHARGE INFORMATION

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Girls Take Charge Program Overview

What is Girls Take Charge?

Girls Take Charge is a life and leadership program for elementary, middle, 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 each grade level 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?

While our high school program focuses more heavily on leadership skills development, our middle school curriculum first focuses on self-awareness. 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?

GTC is open to all girls who are rising 5th graders to 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.

Please note this is not a behavorial modification program nor is the staff certified professional counselors.  

 

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 university 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.

 

Registration, Tuition, Waitlist

How soon can I register my daughter for the program?

 

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?

The tuition varies depending on the location,   Please visit the registration page for additional information about each location. 

Are there refunds for the program?

 

REFUND POLICY: FULL Refunds will be provided until May 15th.  After that  a full refund may be provided if there is a waitlist and someone to take the registration spot. NO REFUNDS are provided 14 days or less before the start of the program, including during the camp.

 

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.

 

Check-in time for the program is 9:00am. Check out time is at 3pm for most locations

Schedule, Location

Where does the program take place. 

The Girls Take Charge leadership program takes place on select college and secondary school locations. Please check the registration page for more information. 

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.  

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 morning and bagged lunch.  Fridges are not available. 

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 Beth Mooney at bethmooney@learningtolead.org or 484-880-1458 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.

COVID-19

Masks are not required at this time, but we will follow local and national guidelines.  We ask that parents keep home any participants who are feeling ill.