Congratulations to our fall 2017 GALS graduates!

Congratulations to our fall 2017 GALS graduates!

Rachel from "Leaders Leaving a Mark" discussing the importance of writing to your Congressperson to create change.

Rachel from "Leaders Leaving a Mark" discussing the importance of writing to your Congressperson to create change.

"Destiny's Children" created a social media campaign using the hashtag #SeeMeNow to raise awareness about children of color doing great things.

"Destiny's Children" created a social media campaign using the hashtag #SeeMeNow to raise awareness about children of color doing great things.

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 and are excited to continue working at the First Philadelphia Charter School in the spring of 2018!