Sneak Peek at Research on Bravery with Keds
- 77% of girls believe their mother helps them pursue goals bravely.
- 63% of girls view their mother as a role model.
- 48% of girls turn to their mothers for support first.
Announcing our 2013 Annual Report!
Here is an overview of what we’ve done in the past year and a preview of what’s to come. Click here for the full annual report.
• Served 6,500 participants
• Ran 166 programs
• Attracted participants from 24 states and 4 countries
• Created new curriculum for grades 6–8
• Increased scholarships awarded by 118%
• Increased participants served by 50%
• Serve 10,000 participants
• Run over 200 programs
• Run first bilingual programs in Spanish and English
• Increase scholarships awarded by 100%
• Publish original research
• Launch online content dissemination
A Love Note for Day Camp
Many of you are familiar with our residential summer camp, but may not know that we run day camps as well! These are weeklong camps typically for girls in rising 5th and 6th grade, held during Spring Break and in June. This year we doubled the amount of day camps that we offered, and our educator, Rachael Bruck, wrote a love note for Day Camp to share a little bit of what it is all about…
Each morning’s the same. Before they even enter the building, the girls can hear the sounds of Shakira or Demi Lovato bumping from the windows. Inside, the educators are hanging posters, teaching each other dance moves, and making wearable mustaches out of pipe cleaners. The girls look on with wonder and a bit of apprehension. “Who are these crazy ladies?” their eyes silently convey. “I don’t know, but I like them.” they think to themselves.
Morning games beckon the girls out of their familiar, quiet shells into a world of silly noises, big body movements, and lots of laughter. As the day unfolds, so do the girls personalities. Without even knowing it, they are bonding and sharing, creating and discovering, opening and divulging. Never having done yoga before, they are touching each other’s feet and leaning on each other for group tree pose. Never having played poop deck before, they are shrieking and rolling around in the grass. Never having written a love note before, they are sitting together in silence, crafting precious letters to one another while the music plays on.
It’s the end of the week, and the crescendo of silliness and closeness is at an all-time high. The girls are demonstrating Olympic-level skills in Whoosh, have come to camp wearing empty KFC containers to show their team spirit, and remark in a perfectly pre-teen fashion that camp was “way better than I thought it would be.”
“Yessss!” the GLI educators think quietly to themselves. “What a successful week!”