GenAustin adds a summer leadership program for high-schoolers

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GENAustin, often known for it's school programs and We Are Girls conference, showed here, is
GENAustin, often known for its school programs and We Are Girls conference, showed here, will offer a leadership summit for high school girls this summer. GENAustin

GENAustin, often known for its school programs and We Are Girls conference, showed here, will offer a leadership summit for high school girls this summer. GENAustin

If you have a high school girl, you might want to look at this summer program:

GENaustin is offering a weeklong Pathfinder Leadership Summit for girls currently in ninth through 12th grades.  It will offer the program to 80 girls either June 14-19 or July 12-17.  Early bird applications are due Feb. 27 and all applications are due by April 15. Find more information and the application at www.genaustin.org.

Pathfinder Leadership Summit combines workshops and small group mentoring with one-of-a-kind professional networking opportunities. workshops and field trips will help attendees discover their passions and strengths, learn interviewing and networking skills, and meet business and community leaders. The week culminates with a luncheon with influential and successful women from the Austin business community who want to inspire and support the next generation.

“When it comes to leadership, a lot of learning happens outside of the classroom,” says Rachel Ladov, MSW, GENaustin Pathfinder Program Designer in a press release. “Through Pathfinder, we are creating a new opportunity for young women in our community to gain self-knowledge, skills and confidence to be tomorrow’s leaders. The program is a personal and professional leadership development program that gives high school students a head start on their roads to new experiences, college, careers and independence.”

The summit builds on the Pathfinder group, GENaustin has begun to build as it realized it needed to do more with older girls (as well as younger girls). Earlier, it’s core programming was middle-school age. GENaustin created the Pathfinder group after hearing from girls, counselors, parents and women in the business community that girls wanted to learn skills that would help them succeed in college and beyond.

“Today’s young woman is connected and social media savvy, though she still has a lot of unanswered questions about the skills she needs for college and her career,” says Julia Cuba, MSW, executive director of GENaustin in a press release. “We spent two months talking to high school women around Austin, asking them what would help them feel prepared to navigate the road to independence. Then we designed the Pathfinder leadership Summit, filling their days with activities.”

 


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