As parents, we know that teenage girls are basically swimming in a hormonal sea. If you’re lucky, your teenage daughter’s rationality comes and goes evenly like the tide. But other times, she may hit like a Tsunami that we never saw it coming. In the blink of an eye, our world gets turned upside down …

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 …

Book Notes: Brown Girl Dreaming

Shannon Rigney invites us to read Brown Girl Dreaming, a book of poems by Jacqueline Woodson.

Jacqueline Woodson’s newest book Brown Girl Dreaming tells the narrative of her childhood through a collection of poems. Woodson has won numerous awards for the work of her prolific writing career, and Brown Girl Dreaming is a finalist for the National Book Award. Here, Woodson sketches a thoughtful portrait of a herself as a girl, …

Chubby and Proud

Morgan shares her moving story of growing up and learning to be proud of her body.

What is the definition of “chubby”? Why do we use it to describe others, and who said it was okay to have it in our vocabulary in the first place? The receiving end of this insult doesn’t feel good or nice or spectacular or, in any way, shape, or form, positive. Since the day I …