LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

  • Teen Leadership Circles
     

  • Economic Literacy
     

  • Leadership & Community Action
     

  • Media Literacy
     

  • College Shower 
     

  • Project REACH

Teen Leadership Circles

 

Teen Leadership Circles provide an intensive, gender-specific development program for high school girls. Through their participation in TLC, young women will, in turn, become Peer Leaders within their school community. As the leaders, they will educate and support their peers by creating safe spaces and facilitating workshops.

 

Program Highlights:​​

  • Become part of Girls Inc. National Network

  • Opportunities to other Girls Inc. events and resources, such as GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards, College Shower Scholarships, and a Girls Inc. mentor.

  • Weekly trainings lead by professionals from Girls Inc. of New York City, resulting in becoming certified.

  • Enjoy improved self-esteem, as the focus moves from personal appearance to personal strengths.

  • Become peer leaders and mentors to their classmates.

 

Upon completion of training, Peer Leaders will recruit and facilitate Leadership Circles for their peers. These circles will cover a variety of topics ranging from body image, healthy sexuality, media literacy, economic literacy, as well as other Girls Inc. curricula. 

 

Economic Literacy

Girls learn about money and the economy, including how to manage, invest, and save money and how to help others through philanthropy.

Through interactive projects and discussions with female finance executives, Economic Literacy explores:

  • How personal attitudes, opinions and knowledge of money are formed and influenced 

  • The nuts and bolts of finance, including saving, investing, loans, banking, taxes, and credit

  • Financial responsibility and self-reliance: how to earn, spend, save and share money

  • Different types of careers and incomes

  • Assessing personal qualifications for participation in the marketplace

  • Knowing your rights in the workplace

  • Donating money, goods, time and/or services to improve the community and the world

  • Women in the economy, currently, historically, locally and globally

  • Advocating for economic equity

  • How the government makes economic decisions

  • Consumerism and advertising: how to be a smart shopper

  • What money can’t buy

Well-rounded and thorough, Economic Literacy imparts a world of knowledge the girls can use for a life of financial independence.

 
 

Leadership and Community Action  

Girls build leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects.

In our program, girls:

  • Celebrate their heritage as leaders in local and global communities

  • Explore their own leadership abilities

  • Form partnerships with women leaders in their community

  • Conduct community action projects

  • Discover and learn to use leadership tools and skills

  • Develop and practice decision-making, taking the initiative and taking responsibility

With a weekend retreat, interactive activities, role play and other tools, girls learn that they are powerful agents of change and trustees of the common good.

From getting a traffic light at a dangerous corner to improving medical services, Leadership and Community Action is an exhilarating and empowering step on the path to making a wonderful and lasting mark on society.

 

Media Literacy

Girls increase their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women.

With interactive, hands-on projects and discussions, preconceived notions of who and what girls are, based on ever-present media messages, are dissected and reevaluated.

Girls Inc. Media Literacy explores:

  • Types of media

  • The messages we get—subtle and obvious—from media

  • The impact of advertising on girls every day, in many ways

  • How to be “media smart”

  • Real beauty vs. media beauty

  • Finding diversity in media

  • “Talking back” to the media

  • Hard news and how it portrays women

  • Evaluating strong, smart and bold characteristics in real and fictional women

  • Recognizing and getting rid of stereotypes

  • Careers in news media—print, digital, radio, and TV

  • Careers in entertainment media: film, TV, magazines, Broadway, etc. 

The always exciting Media Literacy program culminates in DVDs and videos made by the girls themselves, based on their original storyboards.

Thanks to this unique program, girls discover the positive and negative aspects of media, as well as new views of themselves and their gender.

 

College Shower Program
 

The college shower program provides college and career readiness curriculum over 10-12 weeks for GINYC girls in select high schools.

 

Program Highlights:​​

  • Workshops focusing on time management, understanding roommates and building relationships with professors

  • Job etiquette training, interview practice, resume writing and internship opportunities

  • Chance to be a part of our annual College Shower awards ceremony and scholarship program

 

To learn more about our College Shower Awards Banquet, click here.

Project Reach

Project REACH (Real Educational Advancement in College Happens) is Girls Inc.'s college success initiative dedicated to supporting inspired, strong, smart, and bold girls through college graduation and job placement. Using a case-management model infused with psychoeducation, Project REACH will work towards ensuring that 100% of their girls graduate from college with a job or post-secondary plan within 6 months.

 

Program Highlights:​​

  • Engage in data-driven college success case management

  • Receive professional college, financial aid, and career advising

  • Participate in monthly psychoeducation workshops in the areas of Financial Literacy + Comprehension, Habits of Professionalism, Physical Health/Wellness, Navigating Family Dynamics, and Self-Awareness + Relationships

  • Enjoy 1:1 support through challenging college transitions