Change Your World: Keds Brave Life Grant Winner Emily Cole

This Fall, Keds gave away fifty $1,000 grants to help young women ages 13-24 bring their dream change projects to life. Emily Cole, a Girls Leadership Summer Program alumna, was one of the grant recipients.

How did you hear about the Keds Brave Life Project? I actually heard about the Keds Brave Life Project from the Girls Leadership Institute Facebook page! My mom directed me to the post and I thought, “What could it hurt? Only good could come from it.” What goal for change do you have for your …

Keep Calm and Play On

Sophia Barnhart, our Summer 2014 Communications Intern, writes about her passion for soccer and competition. She sheds light on the gendered biases that exist within athletics, and she encourages us all to pursue what makes us happy to overcome these biases.

It’s no secret—I’ve always loved the thrill of competing. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have parents that supported my drive and encouraged me to play sports. I dabbled in many—softball, gymnastics, swimming, and tennis—but I wasn’t able to satisfy my passion for competition until I tried soccer. From learning how to kick a …

Being Brave Around the World

Juli Velez, our New York Outreach Intern, writes about taking risks and embracing change. She shares with us how traveling has given her invaluable experiences that have shaped her into the brave young woman she is today.

When you move to a new city it becomes routine to have generic, “get to know you” conversations with strangers, old friends, and new roommates as you attempt to create a new home for yourself. Some exchanges become more meaningful than others, but all allow you to navigate through the unfamiliarity of a new environment. …

Why We Should Let Our Kids Fail

Samantha understands but warns against the tendency parents have to shelter their children from failure.

As parents, our natural instinct is to protect our children from harm, disappointment and failure. But doing so is not always in our kids’ best interests. When my daughter was in fourth grade, her basketball team was on a 0-7-game losing streak with no apparent signs of a mid-season comeback. After a particularly dreadful loss, …