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Girls Leadership Institute Launches Programming in New Jersey

The Girls Leadership Institute is bringing ground breaking programming for girls and their parent to New Jersey communities this coming school year.

For 11 years the Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) has awakened thousands of girls to a life of authentic leadership.

Co-founded by Rachel Simmons, bestselling author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence and expert on girls’ social-emotional development, GLI is a national nonprofit organization providing transformational programs to girls, their parents, and their educational communities. Girls Leadership Institute is excited to announce that they have begun to offer workshops and programming in New Jersey.

As part of the official GLI programming Launch in New Jersey, Simmons will be giving a free and open-to-the-public parent/daughter talk titled “Leadership for Life” at in Maplewood on Oct 4th. Simmons has been featured guest on Oprah, and The Today Show, and is also an online advice columnist for Teen Vogue. With her trademark sense of humor, Simmons offers powerful take-aways based on the successful, proven practices of GLI.

Parents and daughters can attend a fun and interactive back-to-school event about staying true to themselves and gaining confidence to live as leaders.  Visit this site to RSVP for this event.

“Our mission is to inspire girls to be authentic,” explains Simone Marean, co-founder and Executive Director of Girls Leadership Institute. “One of our core values is ‘fun’. We provide girls with a safe environment in which they can be silly, stay true to themselves, and learn the critical skills of building healthy and rewarding relationships.”

Headquartered in Oakland, CA, workshop events include weekly and weekend parent/daughter workshops for elementary school and middle school girls, after school programs, summer and spring break camps.

To further enhance the personal growth and development of girls, GLI offers workshops and training for the primary role models in girls’ lives: parents and educators. Through these programs, Girls Leadership Institute creates sustainable, long-term impact in the home and school communities. 

Through these programs, girls, their families and mentors build strong “internal” leadership skills, which include: recognizing and building healthy relationships, developing empathy and increasing emotional intelligence, learning how to acknowledge mistakes, accepting constructive criticism and approaching conflict as an opportunity for change.

“At GLI, we take a unique approach to facing the challenges of girlhood today,” says Marean. “Rather than addressing the symptoms of girls’ struggles (i.e. lack of interest in math, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, unhealthy relationships, depression, etc.), our programs address the root causes of these behaviors.”

Girls Leadership Institute New Jersey has also opened registration for Real Parent/Real Daughter workshops in the 2012-2013 academic year in South Orange, Maplewood and Ridgewood. Plans are under way to develop offerings in other towns such as Millburn, Montclair, and Summit among others. GLI is also in the process of developing a national fundraising campaign in order to offer scholarship programs to reach more girls and more communities. Visit this site to register for workshops and for more information.

“Our workshops and camps, along with participant feedback and extensive industry research, are evidence that our quality programs meet the changing needs of girls,” states Marean. ”We are thrilled to be starting programs in New Jersey.”

For additional information or inquiries about GLI programs, and to bring GLI to your school contact Amie Herman, Marketing and Community Outreach Manager, New Jersey at amie@girlsleadership.org, or call 973-462-0532.

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