Frequently asked questions regarding Girls Leadership workshops and summer programs.
If you have a specific question that you would like to discuss, please reach out to your local Outreach Manager. You can find their contact information on our Regional Program Pages: California Colorado New Jersey New York
Day Camp FAQs
How do I describe this program to my daughter?
We would describe the day camps this way – “Girls Leadership’s day camp is a great opportunity to make new friends, be totally silly and goofy and learn amazing new skills. There is a little bit of everything, some games, some being outside, a little crafts, small group conversation and amazing relationship workshops.”
Who is GL Day Camp for?
This camp is for every girl. In a socially safe environment girls learn to be confident in themselves, take healthy risks, make new friends and gain skills for their relationship tool box.
What if my daughter needs to miss a day of GL Day Camp?
The camp is designed as an intense five-day sequence. Every day, girls share, build community, and gain skills. We don’t recommend missing anything if it can be avoided.
Parent & Daughter Workshop FAQs
How do I describe this program to my daughter?
- We would describe the weekly workshop this way – “This is a fun program that I want to do with you. We get to hang out together, have fun and learn new skills to help us improve our relationships – with each other, and our friends.”
- We would describe the weekend workshop this way – “This is a chance for the two of us to have a weekend where we get to hang out, have fun and learn new skills that will help us in every relationship in our lives – with each other, our friends and other family members. You’ll also meet other girls there and make some new friends.”
I can only come to some of the sessions. Should I still sign up?
The workshop series is cumulative. Each class builds on the last, and the last class brings it all together. If you know ahead of time that you can’t make all of the sessions, it would be best to sign up for a different workshop.
What if I need to leave early from a workshop session?
We do not recommend leaving the workshop early, as the workshop is designed to be experienced from start to finish. We begin each workshop session by building community, then accumulate new skills throughout the course of the workshop session. We close each workshop session summarizing the information learned.
If I miss a workshop session, can I make it up at another location?
Because we strive to ensure the safety and community of each individual workshop group, we are not able to accommodate for make-up sessions at other workshop locations. If you miss a workshop session, we suggest emailing your Educator, or speaking with your Educator a few minutes before or after the next workshop session to catch up on what you missed.
Can my spouse and I switch off who attends?
It is best if one adult attends all of the sessions. However, we understand if you need to switch off due to scheduling limitations. Keep in mind that all of the skills (and the games!) build on the previous session, so be sure to debrief as a family after each session.
Do you offer child care for workshops? Am I allowed to bring another child to the workshop if they are not participating?
GL is unable to provide child care at our workshop locations. Our curriculum has been created for parent-daughter pairs, and therefore we are not able to accommodate for the presence of additional individuals who are not participating in the workshop. If you have two daughters in the same age range that you wish to enroll in the workshop, please refer below.
Can I bring both my daughters? Can both parents attend the workshop?
If your daughters fall within the same grade range of the workshop, you can! Many folks have done this over the years. It requires a little juggling back and forth between the two girls, but we can help you make it work. Your second daughter receives 50% off the program. Similarly, it is possible for both parents to attend the workshop with one daughter. The second parent receives 50% off the program fee.
I have three daughters or I have triplets. Can I bring all three?
Yes, you can definitely bring all three children. We recommend bringing a partner or another adult to help with the role plays. Each additional child receives 50% off of the registration fee.
I would love to bring food for the group. Can I?
At GL we always say, “food good.” We welcome snacks, but please do not bring any foods containing nut products.
Is there food provided?
Snacks, beverages and lunch are provided in our weekend workshops; Snacks are provided at our day camps. Food is not otherwise provided at our weekly workshops.
What kind of girl should take this workshop?
Everyone can work on improved communication and healthier relationships. We recommend our program for all girls! If your daughter has special emotional or learning needs, please give our office a call so that we can do everything possible to meet your needs. We want to make sure that we can set every girl up to succeed.
My daughter took a workshop before. Should she take it again?
Yes! We strongly recommend that you and your daughter participate in these workshops annually. Each year the program goes a bit deeper and hits on more material. None of us learn how to communicate to handle conflict overnight; these skills require lots of practice. The group will be different, and your daughter will be developmentally ready to approach the material in a more abstract and mature mindset.
My daughter hasn’t been bullied. Should she still attend?
This isn’t a “bullying” workshop — it is a communication and healthy conflict workshop. Every girl and parent can take this workshop to improve their communication habits and learn the best way to deal with difficult emotions.
Are there scholarships or financial aid?
Yes, scholarship applications are available for all Girls Leadership programs. We hold one scholarship spot in each workshop. We also offer payment plans and strive to make our programs accessible to all girls, families and educators.
Who are GL Educators?
What are their qualifications? What kind of training do they receive?
Girls Leadership Educators are salaried education and academic professionals who have taught a range of ages and grades in the classroom and/or youth-based settings. Many GL Educators have an extensive performance and theater background that supports GL’s educational theater approach, which embraces the spirit of play through the arc and connection of games. This approach also sets the stage for effective role-playing of relationship situations. GL Educators engage in a rigorous interview process including a review of their teaching styles, work samples, reference checks. GL Educators receive intensive training in the GL core curriculum, theory, and approach in addition to practice teaching current GL curriculum. GL Educators are mentored, coached and regularly evaluated by the Director of Programs and the Senior Educator in each region. A short bio of each Girls Leadership Educator can be found here.