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Club Real Girl is an after-school program for girls in grades four and five. Each week, girls come together with professional GLI educators to create a socially safe community where they can be themselves, play fun theater games, learn amazing new leadership skills, and talk about friendship.

In the Club Real Girl community, girls can express themselves authentically, learn smart ways to deal with friendship problems and talk about the ups and downs of being a girl. Each after school session includes creative theater games, exercises to increase emotional intelligence and confidence, crafts, and loads of fun!

Who: Girls in Grades Four and Five

Topics may include:

  • Real Friends
  • Creating Healthy Friendships
  • Making Choices
  • Pressures to Be Perfect
  • Taking Healthy Risks
  • Sharing Difficult Emotions
  • What to Do When Jokes Aren't Funny
  • Speaking Your Mind
  • How to Apologize and Solve Conflicts
  • And more!

Price:  $225 for 12 weeks, 30% off for grade appropriate siblings. Scholarships available, please inquire.

Locations and Dates:

Coal Creek Elementary
Tuesdays, September 13 - December 6, 2011 (no meeting Thanksgiving week)
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
*Limited to first 24 girls to sign up

Click here to be notified when the next program becomes available.


Lindsey Dedow
Lindsey Dedow recently moved back to Colorado from Florida, where she spent the past 12 years working with college students as an advisor and counselor, most recently at the University of Florida.  Lindsey was born in England and moved to the US when she was 8.  She grew up in Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida where she established the campus volunteer program and wrote her undergraduate thesis about a mentoring program she started with middle school students.  Lindsey earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver and is excited to be back in Colorado again.

Julia Loonin, Assistant Director
Julia Loonin is the Assistant Director of Girls Leadership Institute. Julia moved to Santa Cruz from Boston, Massachusetts where she was the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Wellesley College. Last year Julia was a program assistant for Tenacity Inc., a youth development organization whose mission is to build resiliency and life-skills in inner city youth. Julia grew up in New York City and graduated from Bowdoin College. A former basketball player at Bowdoin, Julia’s team graduated with a winning record of 112-9. During her four years, the team won 4 NESCAC championships and made 4 NCAA elite 8 appearances. She was elected tri-captain and graduated ranked 5th for all time leading 3pt scorer.  Upon graduation Julia received the President Award and was a Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar.

Johanna Walker

Johanna Walker is writer, performing artist and teacher living in Boulder Colorado where she received her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. She has performed solo and ensemble theater and dance works in studios, bathrooms, subway stations, rest areas, intersections and on stages all around the US. She has led writing, dance and performance-making groups for incarcerated women, senior adults, and children. Currently Johanna teaches two self-produced community classes--Grrrls Speak: writing and performing for adolescent girls, and Fearless Solos: making solo performance for adults. She also dances around in a 7 foot tall Big Green Rabbit suit (for the PBS TV show The Big Green Rabbit) and works as a role-player for Colorado police departments, teaching police officers crisis intervention skills for people with mental illnesses.



“My daughter has loved the GLI workshop!  She has made a lot of friends and learned so much about gossiping, girls’ leadership, relationships, and more.  I would highly recommend it to all girls!” – GLI Mom



How should I explain this program to my daughter:
We would explain it this way, “This is a chance for you to hang out once a week, have fun, and learn about things that they don’t really teach in school and we don’t talk about enough— our relationships… what is great about them, what is hard about them, and what we can do or say when we are upset about something. This is a place where you can be yourself, be silly, and learn amazing skills that will improve all your relationships, help them be more authentic and rewarding.”

What if my daughter can’t make every class?
Because our program emphasizes community, we hope that she’ll be able to make as many classes as possible. If she is sick or needs to miss a class, please just drop us a call or email.

Who is this program for?
Club Real Girl is for every girl. This is a program where girls can learn to let go of judging themselves and others, identify healthy relationships, identifying difficult emotions, and practice expressing difficult emotions or conflict in a healthy and productive way.

Is snack provided?
We don’t provide snack. If your daughter is hungry after school we recommend having her grab something before we get started.

Cancellation Policy
Full tuition refunds are available up to 60 days prior to the start of the program. If you cancel more than 30 days, but less than 60 days prior to the program, we can offer you a 50% tuition refund. No refunds or credits are available within 30 days from the start of a program.

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