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
Open to rising sixth-grade students

June 27–July 1, 2022
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$850 (one week program)

MS Summer Institute II: Fierce Leadership in Action
Open to rising seventh- and eighth-grade students

July 5–15, 2022
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$1745 (two-week program)

Registration for our 2022 Summer Institutes are coming soon.

Meet the MS Facilitators

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Ruthanna Graves McQueen

    Ms. Ruthanna Graves McQueen 

    PS Music
  • Photo of Ana Casas

    Ms. Ana Casas 

    PS/US Spanish
  • Photo of Shannon McPartland

    Ms. Shannon McPartland 

    MS Math
  • Photo of Holly Doyle

    Ms. Holly Doyle 

    MS/US Latin/MS History

GLI Middle | Summer 2019

42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901   |   (908) 273-0900
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.