“What hit me was just how eager these girls were to make discoveries about themselves.” – Kathie Szitas, Program Coordinator with YWCA of High Point
Interaction between the girls we want to empower and Girls Leadership Edge certified facilitators is where the proverbial “rubber meets the road!” It is in GLE sessions that the girls discover their voice and learn the courage, compassion and confidence to use it.
In order to continually improve the effectiveness of the curriculum, training, marketing, collaboration and financial support, we rely on the facilitators to complete an evaluation following each of the five modules. Their feedback is invaluable!
GLE facilitator Kathie Szitas, Program Coordinator with the YWCA of High Point shared suggestions on activities that need tweaking as well as some powerful techniques that resonated with the girls. By asking “how does this look in your life?” when discussing their personal strengths, the girls recognized the importance of living their values and using their strengths.
Another module focuses on diversity. Kathie reports that the girls made great progress in the concept of being bold and trusting yourself – owning your differences instead of just imagining what others perceive them to be. That insight led to really looking at the differences of others with interest, curiosity and a compassion to learn and understand more.
Feedback like Kathie’s is essential to keep GLE relevant, impactful and sustainable. Comments from three other facilitators are captured in this short video.
We thank Nicole Hayes, Editor and Executive Director of Leadership LINKS, Inc; Maria Mayorga, Latino Family Center Coordinator at the YWCA of High Point and Kelly Graves, Executive Director of the Kellin Foundation and WPF sister for making the time to share their comments with us in this way. We are indebted to all the facilitators who use GLE to empower girls in Guilford County.
About Girls Leadership EdgeSM
GLE was created and funded by the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation and developed in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership, Guilford Nonprofit Consortium and many of the organizations that serve girls in Guilford County. The goal of the program is to empower girls with Courage, Compassion and Confidence.