Today’s Girls … Tomorrow’s Leaders!
Triangle girls discover their inner leader during Leadership Camp July 29-August 3, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. – Next week, 45 middle school girls from across the Triangle and beyond will have the opportunity of a lifetime to develop their leadership skills during Discover the Leader in You Leadership Camp. Girls participating in the program will have the chance to learn what makes a successful leader from powerful women leaders in their communities. They’ll have a chance to develop their action plan to make a difference in their local as well as their global communities. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and United Way of the Greater Triangle Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) partnered to create this leadership camp focused specifically on middle school girls (ages 11–15) and leadership development. The goal of the WLC is to positively impact girls, enabling them to have the tools they need to be successful adults. Other partners in the initiative include: Meredith College and the Compass Center for Women and Families.
In addition to providing the opportunity to Girl Scouts and girls from the surrounding community, the Women’s Leadership Council helped make this experience possible for 40 girls representing United Way of the Greater Triangle youth-serving partner agencies in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.
Throughout the week girls will participate in interactive workshops where they’ll learn everything from building relationships, identifying different leadership styles, and dealing with conflict, to exploring misperceptions about girls’ and women’s societal roles and body images. The culmination of the week will take the girls from camp to Meredith College, where they will put the finishing touches on their action plans and get tips from women leaders on how to present themselves and advocate on behalf of their action plans. Meredith students will also offer the girls campus tours.
Note to Media:
The week will afford several opportunities for feature stories about the Leadership Camp at Camp Mary Atkinson in Selma. The ultimate photo opportunity will be Friday, August 3, at Meredith College from noon to 2 p.m.:
- From noon to 1 p.m. – WLC women and girls will enjoy a “mentoring chat” over lunch in Belk Hall – 40 women and all of bthe campers will chat about their camp experience and how they will use their newly discovered leadership skills when they return home.
- From 1 to 2 p.m. – Fox 50’s Evelyn Booker will host a town hall forum in Belk Hall with the girls and WLC women. The unique twist is the girls will ask women leaders questions about their leadership journey.
The day ends after each girl has had the chance to get in front of a microphone and present her action plan to parents and partner agency representatives in Jones Auditorium.
In November, the girls will meet WLC members to discuss the successes and accomplishments of their community action plans.
About Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 33,000 girl members and more than 10,000 adult members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. (Counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson.) The council’s administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Fayetteville and Goldsboro. For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities, call 919-782-3021 or visit www.nccoastalpines.org.
About United Way of the Greater Triangle
United Way of the Greater Triangle improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United Way of the Greater Triangle serves Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties by connecting callers to health and human service programs through United Way 2-1-1. To learn more about United Way of the Greater Triangle, visit www.unitedwaytriangle.org.