Girls ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP SERIES (GALS) - USA
Launched in 2009, the GALS program equips high school-aged girls 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
- Global women's issues
- Community advocacy
- Digital Literacy
- Team building
WCI is currently offering the GALS program to twice per year, during Spring and Fall sessions, at the First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School. The GALS program includes six to eight workshops held on consecutive Fridays. 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. The girls present their campaigns to family and friends at a culminating graduation ceremony.
This session, campaigns focused on three issues:
- Increasing visibility and opportunities for children of color
- The deportation crisis affecting undocumented immigrants
- The clear and present danger of child abduction
100% of participants cited an improvement in their confidence to speak publicly in front of a group.
We are so proud of our GALS grads and are excited to be continuing our work at the First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School for our Spring 2018 program!