Leadership Programs

Girls Grow as Leaders with the Young Women’s Leadership Institute


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Brainstorming what an ideal girl leader looks like!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, the Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) team was thrilled to welcome 53 young women leaders in 5th-12th grade from all across North Carolina, USA at our Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Greensboro, NC USA campus for our Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI) 101 program in partnership with the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont council, and with the great support of the Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest council. The program is open to all girls and they do not need to be Girl Scouts to attend. This has been a growing partnership with Girl Scouts over the years, with two great programs running at Girl Scout camps last year, and this kickoff event for the new YWLI initiative was a huge success! We were overjoyed at the number of girls in attendance, and the exciting growing momentum of this initiative. Margaret Patterson Whitt, Sarah Miller and I facilitated a packed day of programming, including:

• Creating ideal girl leaders
• Teamwork
• Direction-Alignment-Commitment
• A robust career women’s lunch where the girls got to hear from a variety of outstanding women leaders, including Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, workshops on conflict
• MMTIC (Myers-Briggs personality profiles for youth).

The focus was on supporting and empowering each other and ourselves as female leaders.

Many girls were nervous about not knowing anyone when they arrived, but by the end of the day they graduated with new friends in their midst and were sad to leave. The participant wrote stellar evaluations and over the weekend emails rolled in about the girls coming home bubbling over with what they learned and discovered about themselves. Some girls took advantage of the optional overnight at Camp Keyauwee as well, and continued the fun with campfire activities and leadership on the rock climbing wall. We were so lucky to have a handful of our CCL staff’s daughters and granddaughters at the event!

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Silly group shot!

Keep an eye out for two future YWLI programs in 2015: a week long summer camp opportunity July 19-24th at Camp Keyauwee for 6th-8th graders, including one day held at CCL on July 22nd from 10am-4pm, and a program for 9th-12th grade girls on healthy relationships at CCL on Saturday, October 24th, with an optional overnight at Camp Keyauwee.

*Originally written for www.leadbeyond.org by Val Swan