Girls Who Lead

Young Women as Leaders

Overview:

This program aims to aspire young women to leadership; to build confidence in young women by educating and equipping them with the skills necessary to practice effective leadership in their daily lives. This program provides young women with opportunities to be involved and connect with their community. We examine the skill sets of a leader, and become empowered through self actualization. In addition to this, we explore network development, creating/identifying webs of support, and the importance of informed decision making.

Summary:

Leadership serves as beneficial to individuals, groups, and society as a whole. leadership skills ensure a successful future; providing one with skills that strengthen and promote personal growth and progression in life. Research indicates that young people who are surrounded by a variety of opportunities for youth leadership engage in less risky behavior and ultimately show evidence of higher rates of successful transitions into adulthood (National, 2016). Leadership supports the young person in developing the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out.  Globally, women hold just 24% of senior leadership positions (Breadwinner, 2020), and In 2018, female employees aged 25 to 54 earned $4.13 (or 13.3%) less per hour, on average, than their male counterparts (Pelletier, 2019). Although there has been progress in gender equity, there is still much room for improvement. Aspiring young women to leadership, holds promise for a future with no gender gaps.

Objectives:

  • Identify the types of skills that make an effective leader, and how to develop or strengthen these skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance in developing networks and webs of support, and understand how to do so.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to go about informed decision making.

Breadwinner moms. (2020, August 27). Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2013/05/29/breadwinner-moms/

National Mentoring Programs Effectiveness. (2016). Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://youth.gov/youth-topics/effectiveness-positive-youth-development-programs

Pelletier, R., Patterson, M., & Moyer, M. (2019, October 07). The gender wage gap in Canada: 1998 to 2018. Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-004-m/75-004-m2019004-eng.htm

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