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Girls Lead 2020 – Betsy Barron Photography

One of the core programs that Women’s Resource Center offers is Girls Lead. This program is aimed at helping middle and high school girls with untapped leadership potential, who are chosen by their guidance counselors, develop skills that will help them avoid pitfalls common to adolescent girls and to become strong leaders in their school, community and beyond.

Due to the gender gap, women and girls are the world’s most underutilized resource. The Girl Effect is the idea that by empowering women we can solve larger issues regarding population, environment, the economy, politics, and social concerns (Kristof, N. D., & WuDunn, S. (2014.) Half the sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide. New York: Alfred A. Knopf).

Adolescent girls are faced with a variety of problems in their everyday lives. In 2015, Women’s Resource Center undertook an analysis of research on the negative outcomes common among adolescent girls:  Bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout, suicide, abusive relationships and eating disorders. The literature review revealed four common protective factors across the research: communication skills, conflict resolution, decision-making, and problem solving. These skills are also life skills which will develop leadership ability.

Each girl is nominated by her guidance counselor and attend sessions facilitated by a human service professional skilled in working with youth.  Girls Lead improves leadership skills in adolescent girls with a focus on community impact. Our middle and high school programs offer a 12 week curriculum plus a Girls Lead Conference, and both middle and high school programs culminate in an advocacy project to positively impact their school or community. 

2019-2020 Sites 

Darby Township School

Downingtown East High School

Fugett Middle School

Haverford Middle School

Interboro High school

Peirce Middle School

Phoenixville Area Middle School

Radnor Middle School

Rustin High School

Scott Middle  School

Stetson Middle School (2 programs)

Stewart Middle School

Tinicum Middle School

Girls Lead taught me that I can use my voice for something good and speak up for what I believe in.

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