Dear Friends,

We are kicking off the summer at Bryn Mawr College and bracing ourselves for the 85 middle school girls arriving on Saturday. The excitement is palpable as we decorate the dorms, practice our workshop activities, and even do a dress rehearsal of July 4 festivities, water balloons and all! Follow this link to learn about the incredible women who make up the GLI Summer Camp staff.

Before we get too wrapped up in the joy of camp, we want to recognize the accomplishments of this past year. GLI reached over 3,600 participants, including girls, parents, and professionals. Our 16 educators ran 99 programs in six states, from day camps to parent and daughter workshops to professional development training.

Read on to learn about our amazing alumna Elena Tsemberis’ work to shape this presidential election, our “mighty” June Girl Find, and our summer “dork out” instructions!

All my best,
Simone Marean

GLI Alumna Petitions for a Female Moderator of the Presidential Debates!

“I think it’s so important that young people – girls and boys – see women in positions of power, prominence, and authority,”

says GLI 2011 Alumna Elena Tsemberis. This year Elena learned that there hasn’t been a female moderator of a presidential debate for 20 years! She and her friends decided not only that was this wrong, but that they wanted to do something about it. Elena’s petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates to select a woman to moderate the upcoming 2012 debates has received over 100,000 signatures. Click here to support Elena’s leadership and help get her to 150,000!

Thank You!

Thank you for responding to our Summer Camp Scholarship Campaign. We’ve received over $25,000 towards our goal of $70,000. Your support will help create transformational summer experiences for our girls so that there will be more Elena Tsemberises creating change in our world. If you haven’t had a chance to donate, it isn’t too late! Click here to help provide the summer that will last a lifetime for our 50 scholarship recipients.

This Month’s Girl Find: A Mighty Girl

GLI loves to celebrate girls and their diverse capacities – that’s why we also love A Mighty Girl!

A Mighty Girl believes that girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure.  GLI gives “snaps” to that!

Created as a service to the girl-empowering community, A Mighty Girl is now the world’s largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. They have over 1,000 girl empowering books and films listed on the site – and that’s just the beginning. With a rapidly growing database, they hope these books and movies will help a new generation of girls to grow and pursue whatever dreams they choose — to truly be Mighty Girls!

Visit A Mighty Girl and follow them on Facebook!

To Do: Play

Wondering what you can do to support your daughter’s leadership development this summer? Play.

Summer is the season to let go, pause the busyness of the year, and be with your family. Take advantage of the season and play with your daughter; don’t just play board games or Wii, but have a dance party, play charades, or sing in the car.

Girls are often socialized to want to be liked and to please others. In this search for approval, they learn to constantly ask themselves what others are thinking about them, whether they look good enough, or whether they are saying or doing the “right” thing.

These questions keep girls from following their instincts or being true to themselves. When we truly play, we let go of our paralyzing concern about other people’s opinions. We challenge you to let go of that same concern and let yourself dork out. Bonus points if your daughter tells you that you are totally embarrassing.


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