YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Young Women’s Leadership Program supports girls between the ages of 10-21 to realize their personal power and build leadership skills. Participants support each other to identify their core values, set and maintain goals, use their voice to communicate with authority, and hone their collaborative leadership skills. This program is evidence-based, fun and youth-centered. We welcome all cis-gendered, transgendered, and gender fluid girls.
Build resilience, enhanced self-compassion, sense of identity, and recognition of personal values and assets
Realization of social and academic goals
Enhanced communication, conflict resolution, and collaborative problem solving skills
Create a sense of connection, empathy and shared power with other young women
The young women participate in 14 during or after-school sessions (longer programs are 24 sessions)
We focus on our YWLP five point process:
What does leadership mean?
Who am I and what are my values?
Who has paved the path for us young women?
How can we live in alignment with our values?
How do we practice collaborative leadership?
Our program includes an off-site Young Women’s Leadership Retreat including an escape room adventure.
The program concludes with personal presentations to the group, allowing the young women to share their learnings, goals, and personal identity as a leader.
ACTIVE ART EXPERIENCE
Want to build school culture? Let students lead the way in this exciting art program where youth design and create a public mural while practicing social emotional strategies and art skills. Offered during or after school, youth enhance their leadership skills, practice collaborative problem solving and self-expression while having a blast and beautifying their school.
Enhance school culture through a student-centered mural project.
Increase student sense of belonging and connection to their school and peers.
Increase positive self-identity, Growth Mindset and recognition of personal assets
Develop artistic and leadership skills
Opportunity to showcase their identities, strengths, passions, community and personal power.
Youth examine the core values, mission and culture of their school, identifying ways they are played out in the day-to-day.
Guided by professional artists, youth collaboratively identify a mural theme that reflects these core values and school culture.
Youth design and realize each step of the artistic process, creating a customized and detailed mural on the school's interior wall.
Youth participate in an "Unveiling" in which they share their personal journey, and the purpose and impact of the mural on themselves individually as well as their school.
"We got to participate in drawing and creating the mural. It was fun and it increased our interest in the school. We could show off what we're doing and how we're improving."
"I liked the teamwork- we agreed to what we were going to do and we all knew what we were doing."
"I didn't think I could do this, but I did. I feel like a real artist."
ART FOR YOUTH ACTIVISTS
Youth Power! Art for Youth Activists is an fun weekly middle school and high school program that enables youth to raise their voice, raise awareness and make a difference using art as their medium. Guided by professional teaching artists, youth select select topics that are important to them and then create art and actions that help spread the word to and with the community. Past topics have included immigration, animal testing and body image and race. This program is offered during and after school.
Enhanced sense of personal and collective power
Identification of issues participants want to stand up for
Deeper understanding of the stance and skills of an activist.
Raise awareness of, raise funds for, and/or education the public about youth-designated causes/issues
Youth examine the important role of art as a vehicle for social change and equity
Youth select an issue that is important to them and collectively decide on an audience, message, and artistic vehicle.
Youth design and showcase their art as a means to raise their voices and express their power and opinions