Gaining leadership skills is important for young girls as they academically progress from elementary, middle and high school. When I was in elementary school, I was a Safety Patrol that helped students in the hallways. I even visited Washington, D.C. to tour Arlington Cemetery and the Capitol when I was in 5th grade at Sallye B. Mathis. That was only the beginning of my leadership experiences. Young girls can gain leadership skills at their local schools and within the community as well.
Here's two nonprofit organizations with current leadership opportunities for young girls:
Empowerment Resources Inc. celebrated it's 10th anniversary of it's 25-week rites-of-passage program called Journey Into Womanhood. Journey Into Womanhood (JIW) for girls ages 9-17 to help them make a healthy transition from girls to young women. JIW girls explore 12 vital aspects of life including the value of SELF, social skills, community building, financial literacy, professional etiquette, health and fitness among other topics.
The Journey Into Womanhood program has a few seats available for girls in 3rd through 11th grade. To register your child, complete the online application here.
The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center is welcoming girls ages 13-21 to join their Girls Leadership Council for the 2014-2015 program year. As a member, girls will connect with others, discuss and address policies impacting Florida's girls and young women, gain confidence and leadership style. Girls will also learn more about yoga, golf, art, music, financial education and participate in college tours.
On Saturday, September 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center will host a Conscious Feminine Leadership/Writing Workshop led by Jennifer Wolfe. Click here to learn more about the Girls Leadership Council.