HELP A GIRL BECOME THE LEADER SHE CAN BE!!
With your help, 7th and 8th grade girls in Camden, New Jersey can learn essential leadership skills in the coming school year.
"Lead-A-Way" impacts the long-term development of each girl because it reaches her at the age when she is developing her sense of self. Many adolescent girls suffer a loss of self-esteem and confidence and lose their self-perception as leaders with the ability to change themselves or their surroundings. Our target audience in Camden is further jeopardized by external circumstances: language barriers, unstable family life, poverty and overcrowded schools. 45% of the population of Camden lives below the poverty level, and the city has one of the highest crime rates in the nation.
"Lead-A-Way" workshop activities are proactive and prevention-oriented, teaching girls fundamental skills that will help them to navigate their futures. The “Lead-A-Way” curriculum defines a leader as “one who recognizes and accepts challenges, then takes action and moves others to affect positive change.”
In after school workshops, girls learn twelve traits of effective leadership through the examples of role model women who have blazed a trail in the past and present. Role models like Alice Paul, Dolores Huerta, Shirley Chisholm and Sonia Sotomayor exemplify integrity, effective communication, and they encourage the girls to embrace creativity, practice assertiveness and lead others to create positive change.
Girls draw parallels to their own lives, begin to identify their own leadership styles and formulate strategies for taking leadership roles in their schools and communities. In teams they create social media campaigns for a specific issue that is important to them, and then present their campaigns to school administrators and the community. In addition to what they learn about the role models and leadership, girls build skills with public speaking and teamwork and come away with a clearer sense of their own abilities to lead and make change.