Calling all high school girls!
Girls Advisory Council is for you.
Master women’s and girls’ issues.
Alice Paul Institute’s Girls Advisory Council meets once a month to discuss issues affecting women and girls. Using a unique curriculum to educate on issues in the United States, members leave meetings better equipped to engage in meaningful conversation on different topics like human rights, gender stereotypes, and intersectionality. Check out the 2017-2018 topic calendar here.
Learn leadership skills.
GAC members make topic presentations each month to improve their public speaking skills in a comfortable and safe environment. In addition, a public speaking and networking seminar is planned each year exclusively for members. These skills can be put to work at special networking opportunities provided by our community partners. Members could even end up representing GAC at the Alice Paul Equlaity Awards, a night with esteemed honorees and all of our community partners. For further enrichment, girls can serve GAC on a committee or the Executive Board, read more here.
Create international awareness.
GAC is a chapter of Girls Learn International. GLI provides an international curriculum that supplements our unique national topics with perspective on issues facing girls in developing countries. As a chapter of GLI, GAC members can become involved in GLI committees. GAC members can attend the International Day of the Girl celebration at the United Nations in New York. GAC members work throughout the year to fund raise for projects sponsored by GLI to help girls living in developing countries, too.
Advocate for change.
Use everything you’ve learned to advocate for change in Washington D.C. You’ve met monthly to discuss women’s and girls’ issues. You’ve presented to your peers. You’ve learned about public speaking and networking. You have it in you to effect change. Join us in Washington D.C. while we advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Girls Advisory Council?
The Girls Advisory Council, or GAC, is a group for teen girls sponsored by the Alice Paul Institute. Members are interested in leadership, activism, and women’s and girls’ issues on a local, national, and even international level.
Who are the group advisors?
Colleen Tryner is the Lead Coordinator of the Girls Advisory Council. A recent graduate of Rowan University where she double majored and double minored, Colleen’s enthusiasm for girls’ leadership and development is rooted in her extracurricular and community involvement from high school through college. Colleen is leading the expansion of GAC from 50 girls to 75 girls. Working with Colleen is Melissa Callahan, an educator and a graduate student at Rutgers University where she is studying public history. She holds a B.A. in political science and sociology from Rutgers as well as certificates to teach history and psychology at the secondary level.
When does GAC meet?
GAC meets on weekday evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) once a month (first week of the month) from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Meetings are held from September through June. A retreat is held on a weekend day in September to meet fellow members and plan presentations. The public speaking and networking seminar is held on a weekend day in February.
Where does GAC meet?
GAC meets at the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, NJ. API is located at historic Paulsdale, the birthplace of Alice Paul. The street address is 128 Hooton Rd, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.
What are meetings like?
GAC meetings follow a unique curriculum to educate on issues in the United States, members leave meetings better equipped to engage in meaningful conversation on different topics like human rights, gender stereotypes, and intersectionality. International topics are supplemented with Girls Learn International curriculum, of which GAC is a chapter member. GAC Members make a topic presentation each month to strengthen their presentation skills and engage in a peer to peer learning experience. This is coordinated and overseen by the program facilitators who oversee the direction of conversation and support. Members participate in active discussions and critical thinking exercises that are based on their interpretation of videos, written passages, and questions that are all designed to challenge and inform their understanding of international issues surrounding girls’ access to education. The meetings are only a small part of what GAC members do, though! There are fundraisers, trips to local historical sites, trips to Washington, D.C. and New York City for conferences and other events, and API-sponsored events, too.
How big is GAC?
GAC is currently limited to 75 members. This is split into three groups of 25 girls per meeting.
Does it cost money to join GAC?
Yes. There are annual membership dues of $150. The fee can be paid all at once, or through regular payments. To discuss payment options/plans, contact GAC Lead Coordinator Colleen Tryner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 856.231.1885.
What is included in the membership dues?
The cost includes staff fees, supplies, food at meetings, costs associated with the retreat and public speaking and networking seminar, and costs related to some outside opportunities. There are additional fees related to the trip to the United Nations in NYC, Washington D.C., and some conferences.
This all sounds great. Can you give me a brief summation of the program?
- Monthly meetings on women’s and girls’ topics
- A retreat in September
- A public speaking and networking seminar in February
- Opportunities to network with our community partners (when available)
- An Executive Board with committees to expand leadership experience
- A connection to Girls Learn International with its own leadership opportunities
- The chance to attend the Alice Paul Equality Awards
- The chance to travel to New York City for International Day of the Girl
- The chance to visit Washington D.C.
- The chance to attend the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference and other conferences related to women’s and girls’ issues as availability permits
- Support girls programs in developing nations
Registration closed for 2017-2018 school year. Please fill out the interest form below to stay up to date on opportunities to get involved with Girls Advisory Council!
Registration for GAC is open throughout the month of August each year. Registration only takes place on the API website. At the end of the registration period, parents will be sent invoices and important documents to be completed and returned.
What are my responsibilities as a member of GAC?]
Review the obligations of membership here. The obligations of membership detail the attendance responsibility and participation of members. The obligations of membership make up a larger document detailing the bylaws of the Girls Advisory Council, available here. The bylaws detail our goals, the role of facilitators, the GAC Executive Board positions and responsibilities, related committees, and obligations of membership. We provide bylaws to all members to provide clarity on the structure of the Girls Advisory Council.
Questions regarding GAC or registration?
Contact GAC Lead Coordinator Colleen Tryner at email@example.com or by calling 856.231.1885.
Registration & Membership
Registration closed for 2017-2018 school year. Please fill out an interest form to stay up to date on opportunities to get involved with Girls Advisory Council!
- The membership period of the Girls Advisory Council (GAC) will run from September 1st through June 30th
- GAC registration takes place online ONLY.
- The primary registration period takes place in August.
- If the program is not filled to capacity in August, a second registration process will take place in the winter for spring semester sessions.
- Membership in GAC requires payment of an annual membership fee of $150 per girl.
- Half-year membership will be pro-rated.
- Interested girls should fill out the interest form below to be notified of events they may attend with current GAC members to decide if they’re interested in committing to the group.
- Please review our yearly calendar, bylaws, and personal assessment questions prior to registering. These three documents will help prepare you for the registration process and year ahead!
For questions regarding GAC or the registration process, contact GAC Lead Coordinator Colleen Tryner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 856.231.1885.
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