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How We Do What We Do

Using a variety of formats, Girls Leadership Collaborative programs delve into group formation theory to better understand adolescent behaviors and motivations. Through peer-led team building exercises, as well as peer-designed group challenges and games, girls will experience a safe, supportive environment. Our researched-based, individualized curriculum explores leadership behaviors and uncovers personal passions. Central to each of our programs are our service learning experiences, which are available to past or current program participants.

Girls Leadership Collaborative is a leadership development program that empowers girls, equips educators, and supports parents as they guide their daughters to become agents of change in their communities. Included in all GLC programs, girls, educators and parents are provided with a set of specific tools to embrace the challenges and victories of growing up in today’s global environment.

Girls Leadership Collaborative draws from the work of many professionals such as JoAnn Deak PhD. in educating adolescent girls, David Sousa in How the Brain Learns, Tony Wagner’s work in equipping kids with the collaborative and creative problem solving skills necessary for contributing to society, as well as Tom Rath and Barry Conchie’s Strength’s Based Leadership practices.  Research driven, yet accessible and fun for young people, GLC seeks to contribute to the social and emotional development of adolescent girls in the following ways:

  • Empower girls to develop as leaders
  • Use Strengths-Based Leadership assessment tool
  • Identify and develop passions
  • Examine media and identity
  • Peer empowerment vs. disempowerment (gender-based)
  • Understanding social interaction in adolescence
  • Apply leadership skills through philanthropic projects
  • Leadership is altruistic
  • Collaboration vs. Cooperation for global change

Rhode Island Food Bank Partner

Girls Leadership Collaborative is a proud partner of the Rhode Island Food Bank. A Portion of the proceeds of each Girls in the Lead program will go to the RI Food Bank to purchase food for the many hungry families and individuals here in Rhode Island. To contribute directly to the RI Food Bank click here.