Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Equity Training Modules

At Girls Leadership, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the foundation of everything we do. To meet the social and emotional needs of girls and gender-expansive youth, we center gender and racial equity in all of our work, addressing the internal and external barriers to leadership development. Our private professional development training is for teachers, administrators, counselors, community-based organization staff, and all youth development professionals who want to create spaces and systems that support girls and gender-expansive youth in using the power of their voice. When our most marginalized students belong–girls and gender-expansive youth, students of color, and LGBTQ+ students–then every student benefits.

Program Offerings:

Girls Leadership provides a series of gender and racial-equity-centered training modules for youth development professionals. These 2-hour training modules can take place in person or virtually, and can be customized to your school or organization. Our team will work closely with you to identify a professional learning plan that best meets the needs of your community.

All of our training modules include resources you can use right away in classrooms, teams, and other educational settings. This curriculum, with gender and culturally-responsive SEL lessons, provides suggested sequences, handouts, and materials developed specifically for grades 5-8, adaptable to grades K-12. 

1) Brave Space Groundwork

What is a brave space? Participants will learn the skills to create environments of mutual accountability, growth, and understanding. 

2) Culturally Responsive Mindsets

Cultural differences are opportunities for greater understanding and connection, but only if we recognize and appreciate them.

3) Bias Intervention

We all have biases – and we can all reduce the role they play in our lives. 

4) Addressing Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is not inevitable or irreparable. 

5) From Trauma-Informed Practice to Healing-Centered Engagement

Shifting the way we engage with trauma can make it easier to address it. 

girls raising their hands because their educators have taken Brave Space Groundwork Workshop

Why Choose Girls Leadership Professional Development Programs?

  1. Holistic Approach: Our programs focus on developing not only professional skills and tools but also emotional intelligence, empathy, and self-awareness. Your team will co-create a foundation for lasting personal and organizational growth.
  2. Expert Facilitators: Learn from seasoned facilitators who are not only well-versed in SEL principles but also deeply committed to promoting gender and racial equity. They will guide you through transformative experiences and create an inclusive space for open dialogue.
  3. Culturally Relevant Content: Our programs are tailored to reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of girls and gender-expansive youth. We acknowledge the importance of cultural competence and strive to create an environment where everyone’s voice is heard and valued.
  4. Foster Belonging: We provide the teaching approach and curriculum to connect with all students. When you’re connected, you can teach them to build healthy relationships with each other, and they gain the confidence, skills, and ability to make change in the world. 
  5. Create Lasting Change: We believe that this work starts with healing, wellness, rest, and community. Participants reported gaining both practical tools and greater confidence from our training. One participant shared, “I showed up to empower my girls, and I am leaving understanding that this is what I needed for me.”


Professional development training clients include Harlem Children’s Zone, The Young Women’s Leadership Schools of East Harlem, Astoria, and Queens, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Alameda County School District, Ulloa Elementary School, Natomas School District, Redwood City Unified School District, Denver Public Schools, and Girls Inc. of Alameda and Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest.


Amal Aziz

Amal Aziz, Engagement Director
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