Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership, Service
What is Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership, Service? This is a transformative program where high school girls develop leadership skills, learn to empower themselves, and hear from an all-star lineup of women leaders from across all sectors dedicated to offering a resource many of them wished they had when they were in school. We believe girls in Oregon have important contributions to make to all our lives, and we work to give girls a place to learn and connect, and a platform to make their voices heard. We ran a successful after school teen program, but decided to expand it so that more girls from the Portland area could benefit from our trainings and begin leading today in their schools and communities. Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership, Service was launched in October 2014 with our daylong Summit at PSU for teen girls from around the Portland Metro Area.
Why Teen Girls? We know that girls are less likely to self-select into leadership. This pattern starts early and can extend throughout their lives. What can start as deciding not to raise their hand in class or run for student government can lead to a lifetime of sidestepping leadership, instead of stepping into it. We can change that pattern today by encouraging confidence, giving access to opportunities, and presuming that girls are already leaders.