Middle School Institute

A Unique Program

The GLI Summer Institutes for students entering grades six, seven, and eight centers on forming a strong foundation for leadership within school and the greater community. Participants will conduct a self-assessment of their own leadership qualities and communication skills. They will build character and confidence by identifying and prioritizing their own values and belief systems, which they then use to make ethical decisions. Together, they will collaborate on investigations to develop empathy and community awareness, then develop their own visions and commit to action.

Leadership & Character

In a culminating presentation, participants showcase the public speaking skills they developed in the program’s communication workshops. Ongoing reflection is a vital part of the character-building process, and every girl journals regularly about her own journey as a leader throughout the program as well as how she will continue applying the skills she is learning to her life after GLI.

Mentorship & Collaboration

Compassion is developed through both community service opportunities during the program, such as volunteering at a food bank, and the individual action plan each girl will develop to implement in her own community. Participants come to find courage within themselves as they push beyond their own boundaries to conquer the challenges of a high-elements ropes course. Throughout the institutes, the girls work closely with high school mentors and interact with adult women who share their personal and professional leadership journeys.

GLI Middle School Summer Institutes

MS Summer Institute I: Empowering the Leader Within
June 22–26, 2020

Open to rising sixth-grade students
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $825 (fully inclusive and covers program materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.)

MS Summer Institute II: Fierce Leadership in Action
June 29–July 10, 2020
(no programming July 3)
Open to rising seventh- and eighth-grade students
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $825 (fully inclusive and covers program materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.)
 

Meet the MS Facilitators

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Holly Doyle

    Ms. Holly Doyle 

    MS/US Latin/MS History
    Tulane University - B.A.
    Vanderbilt University - M.A.T.
    Bio
  • Photo of Ruthanna Graves McQueen

    Ms. Ruthanna Graves McQueen 

    PS Music
    The New School - B.F.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Sally Snyder

    Mrs. Sally Snyder 

    Fifth Grade
    Ohio Wesleyan University - B.F.A.
    New York University - M.A.
    Bio

GLI Terms

Action Plan
An extensive plan for how each OWL plans to effect a specific change in her community throughout the coming school year.

Daily Dare
A personal growth challenge for each OWL to focus on throughout the day.

Ethics Circles
We start each day sitting in a circle and discussing an ethical dilemma or core value.

OWLs
Each girl at the Institute is called an OWL, which stands for Outstanding Women Leaders.

Snaps
Notes recognizing the OWL's for the amazing things they've done each day. They are read at the end of each day, and everyone snaps for the person being recognized.

Hear from our Outstanding Women Leaders

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The Girls’ Leadership Institute (GLI) is a unique summer program for girls entering grades 4–10 to explore their leadership potential and strengthen their personal confidence and self-esteem.