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.
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: Drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout, suicide, bullying, 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.
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 school program offers 12 sessions, plus a Girls Lead Conference. Our high school program runs for 15 sessions, culminating in an advocacy project planned and implemented by the girls.
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.“