Girls Leadership Institute – Mother/Daughter lessons for life

I have heard from many people that this is a wonderful and impactful organization. We are signed up for their UWS class. I wanted to share this with all the parents with girls. Let’s work together as a community to make this generation strong and wise.

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gli | Girls Leadership Institute
Dear NY Friends,
2015 already?! Kind of amazing how time flies and that old adage I’ve heard time and again proves true – the days are long, but the years are short. Usually it’s an older person telling me that with reference to my scrambling children in line at Target or the supermarket, touching everything in sight, calling “mommy mommy mommy”. The older person seems to sense the build-up of my frustration and they whip out that gem. I am loathe to admit that most times I just smile and nod, and internally role my eyes as I try to corral my monkeys long enough to pay and Get.Out.
But then I have a few (rare) moments to think and that old addage comes slamming back – each time my kids lose a tooth, learn something new, make a friend outside of our own circle proving they do, in fact, have their own lives. It hits me when I do the math and realize how long I have been out of college (15 years) or worse, when someone mentions our 20th high school reunion – and I realize it is just one.year.away.
These moments shock me into a state of gratitude, one that generally is seen around the holidays but one which I try to seek out the other 10 months of the year. I’m grateful for the life I have, for the family and friends that I have – for however long I have them. Sometimes that’s far too short, but it makes each memory that much sweeter.
I would encourage you to take a moment to reflect on how short the years are, despite those sometimes looooong days. Because as the incomparable philosopher Ferris Bueller reminds us, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Happiest of New Years!
Eileen Linzer
NY Outreach Manager
ELinzer@girlsleadership.org
(866) 744-9102×706
Programs
We are operating full steam ahead into Spring programming, and dates are going fast. If you would like a Girls Leadership workshop in your community, please contact Eileen Linzer, New York Outreach Manager at ELinzer@girlsleadership.org or (866) 744-9102 x706.
The programs listed here are open registration. Take advantage of the opportunity to attend a Girls Leadership program at one of these great  locations!
Four Week Workshops
Kindergarten and First Grade
Tools for Sunny & Cloudy Days with Friends. It’s never too early to start to learn and practice social-emotional intelligence skills. Parents and daughters will bond and explore healthy relationships through exciting interactive games and engaging stories. Girls and parents will build the foundation of a common language to advocate for themselves and understand true friendship behaviors. (60 minutes)
UWS: Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
805 Columbus Ave, NYC (@ 100th St)
Sundays, 3:30-4:30pm
March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2015
Register Today
Downtown: Jewish Community Project
146 Duane St, NYC (btw Church and West Bdwy)
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
April 22, 29 May 6, and 13, 2015
Register Today
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Bring Girls Leadership to your community! Contact Eileen today.
Second and Third Grade
Nine Tools for True Friendship. Like any pursuit – soccer, dance, or writing poetry – developing social-emotional intelligence and learning authentic self-expression takes practice. Through fun and interactive games and discussions parents and daugthers will learn and practice how to explore and share feelings, communicate authentically, and make healthy relationship choices. (90 minutes)
UWS: Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
805 Columbus Ave, NYC (@ 100th St)
Sundays, 3:30-5:00pm
March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2015
Register Today
Westchester: JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2015
Register Today
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Bring Girls Leadership to your community! Contact Eileen today.

Fourth and Fifth Grade
Girls Leadership offers two workshops for this age group.
Say How You Feel. Ask For What You Need. Fourth and fifth grade are often the years in which girls experience significant shifts in their self-confidence and increasing social pressures to conform. It is this transitional age where girls’ voices tend to become silenced. Parents and daughters will practice using the skills of assertive self-expression through activities, discussion, and paired scenarios. The workshop gives girls and parents the opportunity to have fun, to bond, and to work together to explore the importance of healthy and productive conflict. (90 minutes)
UWS: Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
805 Columbus Ave, NYC (@ 100th St)
Sundays, 3:30-5:00pm
March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2015
Register Today
Navigating Challenging Friendships. This series provides an opportunity for girls and their significant role models to learn new skills for navigating toxic friendships, ways to access courage for facing challenges and how to communicate with confidence. (90 minutes)
Downtown: Grace Church School
86 4th Ave, NYC (btw 10th and 11th)
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm
February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2015
Register Today
UWS: PlayTogether NYC
270 West 84th St, NYC (btw Bdwy and West End)
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
April 29, May 6, 13 and 20, 2015
Register Today
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Bring Girls Leadership to your community! Contact Eileen today.

Sixth through Eighth Grade
Be Who You Are. Say What You Mean. As girls become young adults, the ability to be resilient in the face of challenges, to own mistakes, and to set a strong internal compass for healthy friendships and relationships is critical. In this workshop, parent-daughter pairs will practice skills to build and strengthen their authentic voice. Girls and parents will have the opportunity to bond and have fun in a safe environment, and develop a common language to face challenges together. (120 minutes)
Downtown: Jewish Community Project
146 Duane St, NYC (btw Church and W Bdwy)
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
April 22, 29 May 6, and 13, 2015
Register Today
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Bring Girls Leadership to your community! Contact Eileen today.
Immersion Weekend Workshops
Sixth Through Ninth Grade
Be Who You Are. Say What You Mean. Parent & Daughter Immersion Weekend is a unique opportunity for a weekend workshop on girls’ relationships and the best practices in communication, emotional intelligence and healthy conflict. This is not a three-day lecture! We blend our trademark sense of humor with games and activities that keep participants laughing as they learn about themselves and practice new approaches to old habits. You will not get lost in the crowd; with only 30 participants, every participant is guaranteed attention to his or her individual goals.
Grades 6-7
Downtown: Grace Church School
46 Cooper Square, NYC (btw 6th and 7th Streets)
Friday, February 27, 2015: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015: 9:30am-4:15pm
Sunday, March 1, 2015: 9:00am-1:00pm
Register Today
Grades 8-9
Downtown: Grace Church School
46 Cooper Square, NYC (btw 6th and 7th Streets)
Friday, March 6, 2015: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, March 7, 2015: 9:30am-4:15pm
Sunday, March 8, 2015: 9:00am-1:00pm
Register Today
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Bring Girls Leadership to your community! Contact Eileen today.
Summer Camp Applications – Now Available!
A Summer Camp like no other, Girls Leadership’s internationally-recognized residential summer program is open to girls rising grades 6-12.
Nestled on the beautiful, rolling campus of Mt. Holyoke in South Hadley, MA, our Summer Programs combines the best of traditional summer camp – amazing friendships, fun games and evening activities with a powerhouse team of extraordinary staff – and wraps this all in something no other camp offers. Fun, life changing workshops that bring every girls closer to knowing her unique self, respecting herself, and giving her the skills to create change in her world, whether her world is a sixth grade lunch conversation, a dynamic on her basketball team, or a policy in her high school.
To apply, or for more information, please visit GirlsLeadership.org/Overnight-Summer-Programs/.
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About valeriegerstein

A former online media professional, I am home, on the Upper West Side, with my 2 gorgeous girls, Mia and Liza and their wonderful Daddy, Mark.
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