TEEN GIRL LEADERS RAISE THEIR VOICES
On April 20th -22nd, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington held our annual weekend event for 50 teen girl participants in our programs called our Leadership Summit at the National 4-H Conference Center. We provide a series of workshops and enrichment activities to build on the girls’ leadership skills, confidence to self-advocate, and capacity to effectively communicate their ideas.
The 2018 Leadership Academy topics included:
- I Am A Leader, developing self-advocacy skills and Crittenton Ambassador training
- My Voice Shall Be Heard, teen-identified challenges that affect their lives
- Putting My Best Foot Forward, building my networking skills and professional image
- Bringing It All Together, preparation for the “Talk with a Teen Girl” High Tea
Over the three days of the Summit, the girls grew more confident in their abilities as leaders and as advocates. In the words of one of the participants, “I feel more confident about sharing my thoughts and ideas. I know I have something worth sharing.”
Girls from Washington, DC had the chance to get to know girls from Montgomery County and vice versa. They talked about challenges that are obstacles to their bright futures and how to overcome them. One subject in particular was selected to share with a larger audience at the upcoming High Tea taking place April 26th. Their topic? The prevalence of sexual harassment.
Many girls stepped up to play a leadership role at the High Tea. During that event, they were able to share their experiences in Crittenton and at the Summit in front of more than 120 of their fellow teens and 100 caring adults.
All 50 girls who completed the Summit became Crittenton Ambassadors as the Crittenton staff led them in a pinning ceremony. Ambassadors are called upon to represent Crittenton as events, media interviews, and work with staff to welcome new teens just joining the program. Each girl received a special butterfly pin and a black blazer to commemorate their time at the Summit, as well as a certificate of completion.