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Girls Lead

Girls Lead Overview

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, Made possible in part by a grant from Phoenixville Community Health Foundation 

Stetson Middle School, West Chester, Made possible in part by a grant from CCRES

Peirce Middle School, West Chester, Made possible in part by a grant from CCRES

Rustin High School, West Chester, Made possible in part by a grant from Ethel Sargeant Clark 

Tredyffrin/ Easttown Middle School, Berwyn, Made possible in part by an anonymous donation


Delaware County

Interboro High School, Prospect Park, Made possible by a grant from The Henderson Foundation 

Radnor Middle School, Wayne, Made possible in part by a grant from Radnor Educational Foundation

Tinicum School, Essington, Made possible in part by a grant from Ethel Sargeant Clark 

Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester, Made possible by a grant from Ametek


Montgomery County

Stewart Middle School, Norristown Made possible in part by a grant from The Genaurdi Foundation 



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


Jill Crawford, 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.

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!

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