GLOBAL ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP SERIES (GALS) - USA
Launched in 2009, the GALS program equips underserved young women in WCI’s home community of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the leadership skills, confidence, and connections necessary to effect true social change in their communities. Over the course of the program , participants are trained in public speaking, financial literacy, self-empowerment and advocacy, social media and messaging, and team building. With the support of local community partners, WCI is currently offering the GALS program to teens twice per year, during a Spring and Fall session. The proven GALS model includes six to eight workshops held on consecutive Saturdays. Workshops are designed to introduce skills that build upon each other to promote community advocacy, as well as bolster confidence and capabilities to support future leaders’ academic, personal, and professional success. Each day of programming, participants hear from an expert speaker in the field of the skill set for that day, and then break into teams to practice activities designed to develop those skills. The community advocacy component is strengthened by participants’ close interaction with local leaders and mentors who support the development and implementation of advocacy campaigns during and after the program. Through GALS, participants have a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills and create and lead their own advocacy campaigns to have a positive, long-term impact on their communities.