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Girls Lead

Girls Lead Overview

Girls’ Leadership Informational VideoWe are about the commence our school-based Girls’ Leadership Program at 8 sites! It’s always an exciting time of year. Watch the video to learn more!

Posted by Women’s Resource Center on Friday, August 28, 2015

Girl's Leadership at the WRC

Girls Lead improves leadership skills in adolescent girls, with a focus on community impact. Our middle school program offers 12 sessions, coordinated with our host schools, plus a Girls Lead Conference in February. The newly-launched high school program runs for 15 sessions, culminating in an advocacy project planned and implemented by the participants.

Participants are nominated by guidance counselors and teacher teams at their schools and attend  sessions facilitated by a human service professional skilled in working with youth.

Girls Lead focuses on enhancing skills in Communication, Decision-making, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, and Advocacy.  These core skills have been found in research to serve as protective factors against many challenges facing adolescent girls. Through group activities and project implementation, Girls Lead participants practice and strengthen these essential life skills.

For more details, please view the video below. This program is funded by a combination of corporate and foundation grants, along with the support of individual donors.

For more information call the Women’s Resource Center (610) 687-6391

2017-2018 Sites

Chester County

Phoenixville Area Middle School, Phoenixville Girls Lead at PAMS is made possible, in part, by a grant from Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. 

Stetson Middle School, West Chester Girls Lead at Stetson Middle School is made possible, in part, by a grant from CCRES.

Peirce Middle School, West Chester  Girls Lead at Peirce Middle School is made possible, in part, by a grant from CCRES.

Rustin High School, West Chester Girls Lead at Rustin is made possible, in part, by a grant from Ethel Sargeant Clark. 

Tredyffrin/ Easttown Middle School, Berwyn Girls Lead at T/E Middle School is made possible, in part, by an anonymous donation.

Delaware County

Interboro High School, Prospect Park Girls Lead at Interboro is made possible by a grant from The Henderson Foundation. 

Radnor Middle School, Wayne  Girls Lead at Radnor Middle School is made possible, in part, by a grant from Radnor Educational Foundation.

Tinicum School, Essington Girls Lead at Tinicum is made possible, in part, by a grant from Ethel Sargeant Clark. 

Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester Girls Lead at WPCS is made possible by a grant from Ametek.  

Montgomery County

Stewart Middle School, Norristown Girls Lead at Stewart is made possible, in part, by a grant from The Genaurdi Foundation. 

 

Historically known as, “Girls’ Leadership Program,” in July of 2017, we changed the name to Girls Lead, and have expanded our sites this year.

Testimonials

“The program helps you know how to solve a problem without fighting.”

“I spoke my opinion more in class.”

“When I talk to my sisters now, I think more about their side.”

“Before Girls’ Leadership, I would stay back and not take charge- Now, I can be assertive and be the leader I am.”

“I have learned how to handle heated arguments.”

“Girls’ Leadership increased my confidence so much. I tried out for the male lead role in the school play- and I got  the part!”

Facilitators

Jean Campbell, LSW
Phoenixville Area Middle School

Jean Campbell - WRC Girls' Leadership FacilitatorJean Campbell is a licensed Social Worker currently working as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant and Therapist with Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems. Her past experience includes working as a school social worker and numerous volunteer leadership positions in schools and in her church. Jean and her husband have three young adult children who are in their early 20’s.

Jill Crawfowd, LCSW
Stetson Middle School

Jill Crawford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in child, adolescent, and family mental health. She has been in private practice in Malvern since 2004, and is a longtime facilitator of the Girls Lead program. Jill is also an adjunct faculty member at Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education. She enjoys working with young people and is energized each day by the tremendous heart, spirit, and resilience they bring to treatment. Jill is also a parent and community educator and feels deeply privileged to work with others in supporting and advocating for our youth. In her free time, Jill enjoys playing music, traveling, reading, and adventuring with family and friends.

Jacqlyn Diamond, LPC
Tinicum Middle School

Jacqlyn DiamondJacqlyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Intervention Specialist. She has a thriving private practice in the heart of Swarthmore where she has honed her skills working with young women, adolescents, adults and families. She has worn many hats in her professional career as a therapist, professor, group facilitator and prevention specialist. Jacqlyn has served as an advocate in her community, educating families on the trends of adolescent risky behaviors. She has presented at West Chester University’s Women’s Leadership Conference and served as a community liaison for Springton Lake Middle School’s Bullying Assessment and Problem Solving Program. Jacqlyn’s professional career choices and volunteer work have often focused on supporting women in leadership roles and she is excited to continue her efforts at Tinicum Middle School.

Karen Doyle
Stewart Middle School, Rustin High School

Karen Doyle holds a Masters of Education in Secondary Counseling, and worked for many years as a school social worker the for the School District of Haverford Township. Ms. Doyle was also a Program Director  for the Girls Advocacy and Leadership Series (GALS), an adolescent girls leadership program in Philadelphia supported by Women’s Campaign International. Her ongoing passion for children has inspired her volunteer activities with WePac (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children), The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, Summer Search and Women’s Resource Center. She also loves being physically active and spending time with her two grown children who live in New York City.

Annemarie Lange, LPC
Peirce Middle School, T/E Middle School


Annemarie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Paoli. She has extensive experience in counseling, assessment, case management, crisis intervention and group therapy. Ms. Lange joined our team to work with the inspiring young women of Girls Lead!

Danielle Siwek, LCSW

Interboro High School

Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently working in private practice in Philadelphia.  She also works for the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) within the University of Pennsylvania, which aims to promote racial literacy and racial socialization. She has extensive experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings, including schools, partial-care programs and in outpatient therapy. In addition, she has a wealth of experience working in crisis intervention and advocacy. She especially loves the spirit and energy of adolescents and is very excited to kick off her first year working with the young women of Girls Lead! In her spare time, she likes to hike, camp and garden.

Chanelle Smith
Widener Partnership Charter School

chanellesmithChanelle is a seasoned administrative coordinator who provides comprehensive direction and solutions for staff, referents and clients alike.  She manages an array of complex daily tasks at KeyStone and ensures a level of administrative accuracy that directly related to increased patient satisfaction.  Chanelle is a team player that prioritizes a productive and friendly environment for all those in contact with KeyStone.

She has be an active volunteer for six years with the girl scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.  Chanelle started out as a Daisy and Brownie troop leader then juniors and now currently she is working with cadettes in grades 6th,7th and 8th.

Marissa Rosenzweig
Radnor Middle School

This is Marissa’s first year as a Girls Lead Facilitator, and she comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in teaching adolescents. Marissa received her M.A. from West Chester University in 2016 in Communication Studies, focusing her research on family communication and cultural identity. She was an adjunct professor at West Chester University, and is excited to continue teaching with the girls of RMS this year!