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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 self-esteem and leadership skills in adolescent girls, with a focus on community impact. This twelve-session program is offered during the school year to girls in middle schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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

Girls’ Leadership offers training in Communication, Decision-making, Conflict Resolution, and Problem Solving skills, and each site develops and implements a Leadership Project to address a need in the community.

The program includes a guest speaker or field trip, and a Girls’ Leadership Forum. 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

Sites

Girls Lead was offered at the following schools for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester (Delaware County)

Stewart Middle School, Norristown (Montgomery County)

Phoenixville Area Middle School, Phoenixville (Chester County) Girls’ Leadership Program at PAMS is made possible, in part, by a grant from Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. 

Stetson Middle School, West Chester (Chester County)

Peirce Middle School, West Chester (Chester County) The Girls’ Leadership Program at Peirce Middle School is made possible, in part, by a grant from CCRES.

Radnor Middle School, Wayne (Delaware County) The Girls’ Leadership Program at Radnor Middle School is made possible, in part, by a grant from Radnor Educational Foundation.

Tinicum School, Essington (Delaware County)

Rustin High School, West Chester (Chester County)

 

Historically known as, “Girls’ Leadership Program,” in July of 2017, we changed the name to Girls Lead, and are expanding our sites this year. Stay tuned for updates!

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

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 and as a diving coach for both the Lower Merion School District and The Shipley School. Ms. Doyle was also a Program Director for 5 years 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. Currently as a consultant, Ms. Doyle continues to be focused on fostering the personal growth of adolescents, including their social, emotional, physical and academic development. She also loves being physically active and spending time with her two grown children who live in New York City.

V.J. Ennis
Radnor Middle School

V.J. Ennis - WRC Girls' Leadership FacilitatorEnnis has been a Girls’ Leadership Facilitator for over 8 years at several school districts in Delaware and Montgomery counties. She is a career and leadership development trainer and coach with over 15 years of experience in providing consulting, training and coaching services in business, education and non-profit sectors. Ennis holds an MS in Public Administration from West Chester University School of Business and a B.A. from the School of Sociology and Social Work from Delaware State University. She earned a professional certificate as a Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) from the Career Planning & Adult Development Network, San Jose, CA. Ennis enjoys playing competitive tennis, traveling and reading.

Annemarie Lange, LPC - WRC Girls' Leadership FacilitatorAnnemarie Lange, LPC
Peirce 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’ Leadership!

 

Tina Dwyer, MA, LPC
Stetson Middle School

Tina Dwyer - WRC Girls' Leadership FacilitatorTina has been involved with the Girls Leadership Program for over 8 years, leading groups in various school districts. Prior to this, she facilitated Girls Star Groups throughout Chester County. Tina loves the adolescent girls’ energy. She also sees girls in her private practice in Exton, PA. Tina has practiced and has taught Mindfulness for over 20 years. She brings her knowledge of mindfulness to her groups which seems to be a welcome addition especially with the fast paced schedules many girls experience in middle school.

Jean Campbell
Phoenixville Area Middle School

Jean Campbell - WRC Girls' Leadership FacilitatorThis is Jean’s second year facilitating Girl’s Leadership Program at PAMS. She 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.

 

Jacqlyn Diamond
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.

 

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.