Girls Leadership Council

Calling all high school girls!
Girls Leadership Council is for you.

2020 – 2021 Registrations is CLOSED

Master Women’s and Girls’ Issues

Alice Paul Institute’s Girls Leadership 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.

Learn Leadership Skills

GLC 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 GLC at the Alice Paul Equality Awards, a night with esteemed honorees and all of our community partners. For further enrichment, girls can serve GLC on a committee or the Executive Board.

Create International Awareness

GLC 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, GLC members can become involved in GLI committees. GLC members can attend the International Day of the Girl celebration at the United Nations in New York. GLC 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. 

If you are interested in the program, fill out the interest form. We will be in contact if we hold a second registration for the winter and spring sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Girls Leadership Council, or GLC, is a group for high school 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.

Alyssa Hunt is the Program Coordinator for the Alice Paul Institute and the Lead Coordinator of the Girls Leadership Council. Hunt returns to the non-profit sector after several years working as a chef and a childcare professional. Alyssa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature with a minor in writing from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and pursued graduate studies in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fascinated with history and narrative, and the ways in which we cultivate meaning through the stories we inherit and the ones we tell about our own lives and communities. She is thrilled to apply these passions to both continuing established programming at API, as well as developing new ways for women of all ages to engage with themselves as active history changers and makers.

 

Working with Alyssa is Alexa Ray Santomero, an alumna of the program in year two of three of a program in podiatric medicine and surgery residency with reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery at Cooper University Health Care.

GLC meets on weekday evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) once a month (first week of the month) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 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 activities calendar will be updated as activities are confirmed.

GLC 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.

GLC 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 GLC is a chapter member. GLC 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 GLC 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.

LC is currently limited to 75 members. This is split into three groups of 25 girls per meeting.

Yes. There are annual membership dues of $150. The fee can be paid all at once, or through regular payments. Please let us know if the financial obligation is an undue burden for you and your family. To discuss payment accommodation/options, contact Program Director Alyssa Hunt at ahunt@alicepaul.org or by calling 856.231.1885.

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.

If you are interested in the program, fill out the interest form Registration for GLC 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. Please let us know if the financial obligation is an undue burden for you and your family. To discuss payment accommodation/options, contact Program Coordinator Alyssa Hunt at ahunt@alicepaul.org or by calling 856.231.1885.

  • 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 & Membership

  • 2020-2021 school year registration is closed.
    If you are interested in the program for next year, fill out the interest form and we’ll be in contact.
  • The membership period of the Girls Leadership Council (GLC) will run from September 1st through June 30th
  • GLC registration takes place online ONLY.
  • Membership in GLC requires payment of an annual membership fee of $150 per girl.
  • Half-year membership will be pro-rated.
  • Please let us know if the financial obligation is an undue burden for you and your family. To discuss payment accommodation/options, contact Program Director Alyssa Hunt at ahunt@alicepaul.org or by calling 856.231.1885.
  • Interested girls should fill out the interest form below to be notified of events they may attend with current GLC 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 or to schedule a program, please contact us at: (856) 231-1885 or programs@alicepaul.org

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