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Eleanor Roosevelt Center - Girls Leadership Workshop

The Girls’ Leadership Workshop (GLW) delivers programs each summer to educate, empower, and activate adolescent girls to become the next generation of social justice leaders. The primary objective of the GLW is to create a more just world by preparing young women for future positions of personal, political, and professional leadership, using the example set by Eleanor Roosevelt.

At Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt’s country home and retreat in Hyde Park, New York, high school girls celebrate the life and legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, develop their leadership skills, and strengthen their commitment and confidence to make a difference in their communities.

The GLW reaches girls during a critical period in their development when many young women may become distracted and sometimes derailed by societal pressures, rigid gender-role expectations, and plummeting self-esteem.   As a counterbalance to these challenges, GLW builds on the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt by promoting human rights, gender and racial equality, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

In addition to summer programming, GLW sponsors an online email network to provide a forum for ongoing exchange between GLW graduates.  Using this forum, girls continue to support, involve and inform each other about their exciting projects and leadership activities.  ERVK continues to support girls after they return to their schools and communities through a “Young Women in Action” program.  Through this program, GLW graduates are encouraged to apply to ERVK for mini-grants to support their social justice leadership projects in their home communities.   GLW Reunions and Symposiums are held every few years to encourage networking and relationship-building, and to support GLW alumnae in their world change leadership efforts.

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  • Street: PO Box 255
  • City: Hyde Park
  • State: NY
  • Postcode: 12538
  • Country: United States


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