WCI’s Girls Advocacy and Leadership Series (GALS) is an after-school program that develops participants’ sense of personal power through workshops focusing on increasing health literacy, discussing global issues affecting women and girls, and building life skills in order for them to advocate for themselves and their communities.

 

Current CAMPAIGN

GALS PHILADELPHIA

girls who lead become women who lead

 

Making an impact:

Launched in 2010, the GALS program equips under-represented teenage girls in WCI’s home community of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the leadership skills, confidence and connections necessary to create true social change in their communities. 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. Some topics that participants have focused on this year include:

  • The deportation crisis

  • LGBTQ+ rights

  • Emotional abuse

  • Sexual harassment

  • Animal abuse

  • Opportunities for children of color

  • Gender equality

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100% increase in participants’ confidence in public speaking

81% increase in participants’ ability to speak confidently about themselves

73% increase in participants’ ability to plan action steps to achieve a goal

70% increase in participants’ knowledge of general financial management

Our partners enhance the GALS program by providing guest workshops on a wide range of important topics. Some of our current and past partners include:

  • Women Against Abuse

  • The Ladipo Group

  • The City of Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney

  • MyNEWPhilly

  • BodyLoveTherapy

  • Vision2020

  • The Attic Youth Center

  • LUSH

  • Philadelphia Citizens for Children & Youth

  • Reckless Kickz

 

Current CAMPAIGN

GALS KENYA

girls who lead become women who lead

 

After conducting a pilot program of GALS last year, WCI is back in Kenya to kick off our first full GALS Kenya program!

In 2017, the Founder of Women in Sustainable Enterprises (WISE)-Kenya, Caroline Odera, stayed with WCI during her professional development experience component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. In 2018, WCI's Executive Manager, Brynn MacDougall, traveled to work with WISE as an awardee of the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Fellowship.

Using our signature Training-of-Trainers (ToT) model, WCI is continuing our partnership with WISE this year by working with their staff to revise and adapt our core GALS curriculum to meet local needs. Over the next nine weeks, WISE-Kenya trainers will be facilitating workshops to develop participants’ sense of personal power through focusing on increasing health literacy, discussing global issues affecting women and girls, and building life skills in order for them to advocate for themselves and their communities.

We can’t wait to keep you posted as we receive updates from our partners in Kenya. Meanwhile, check out some of the results from our pilot program last year:

100% of participants understood what advocacy is by the end of the program

70% increase in the number of girls who understand what contraception is and can provide an example

90% of participants understood what an STD is by the end of the program

100% of participants saw themselves as leaders by the end of the program

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“I learned and grew into an informed young woman. I learned how to speak and be confident.” - Delilah

 

“[Because of GALS] I can believe in myself to stand firm, both in my words and my thoughts, without fearing anyone. I have confidence in myself.” - Odongo, 16