Girls Leadership Institute Is Changing Lives

Dr. Frances Ullman, a Fellow at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Psychiatry Department, evaluated the GLI Summer Camp in 2011.

Ullman found that Girls Leadership Institute Residential Summer Camp delivers on its promise to be a cutting edge program for girls’ leadership development. The results, though preliminary, are excellent. Not only is the Girls Leadership Institute Residential Summer Camp helping girls develop their “internal assets,” but returning campers are showing evidence that the benefits of this experience remain with them a full year after they leave. Results also suggest a decreased likelihood of engaging in a high-risk behavior after camp is over.
In particular, campers demonstrated gains in Positive Identity, Positive Values and Social Competencies:

  • Positive Identity is an asset that gives a child a sense of worth and personal agency, including qualities such as self-‐esteem, personal power, and a positive view of the future.
  • Positive Values are assets that serve as an internal moral compass, including qualities such as integrity, honesty (explained as “telling the truth even when it is not easy”), and restraint.
  • Social Competencies are assets that help children navigate the complex social world, including qualities such as empathy, friendship skills, and comfort with other cultures.

So, yes. Girls Leadership Institute is changing lives. Not only through our Residential Summer Camp, but also through our popular Real Parent, Real Daughter Weekly Workshops, our Club Real Girl After School Program, and our Day Camps as well.