Girls Take Charge
West Chester, PA
9am to 3pm
August 6th - 10th, 2018
-6th/7th/8th Grade Program
Welcome to the Westtown School Girls Take Charge
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 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 Esteem/Body Image
Strategies to Not Focus on Mean Girls
Growing Positive Relationships
Who Attends Girls Take Charge?
GTC is open to all girls who are rising 7th graders to 9th graders for the Westtown School. Other locations also have our 5th/6th grade location. 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.
Regional Program Manager, West Chester, PA
Jess Protesto is a Technology Education teacher at Marple Newtown High School, currently in her 8th year of teaching. She teaches robotics, video production, engineering design, and architecture. She graduated from Millersville University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education. In 2014, she graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a Master of Science in Special Education. Jess loves learning new things to keep up with the technology constantly changing in the classroom.
Jess was extremely excited when she came across the Girls Take Charge program. She is excited to help empower girls to become self-advocates and leaders. Growing up, she wished she had known about a program like this to attend. Now, Jess is thrilled to be able to help instill confidence, self-advocacy, and leadership skills in young girls at such a critical time in their lives.
Jess was married this past fall to her husband Jack. She enjoys spending time at the beach in Sea Isle City and hiking with Jack and dog, Ferris. In her spare time, Jess enjoys woodworking and renovating her house with her husband. She has near- future plans to travel to Mexico and Italy. Jess is looking forward to working with Learning to Lead to help make a difference in girls’ lives!
“If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
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 Penn State Program is $349 through 4/20 and $375 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.
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.
Where does Girls Take Charge take place?
The Girls Take Charge leadership program takes place on the beautiful campus of Westtown School. Girls will be able to enjoy the programming room, green lawns and lunch is included in the Dining Hall. Please visit here for a campus map, parking directions and directions to the programming space.
Is Transportation provided?
Transportation is not provided, but we do post a carpool online board in late spring for parents who are interested in carpooling.
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
Jess Protesto at email@example.com
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 provided in the wonderful Westtown Dining Room and is included in the tuition.
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 Jess Protesto at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.