Glow! Young Women Leading the Way is an after school program for female high school students from 9th through 12th grade. The group meets once a week at local area high schools. In GLOW! we strive to create a fun and dynamic space where young ladies can come together and discuss topics that are relevant to their lives, their families, and communities. Past topics have included: identity, relationships, financial responsibility, fashion, jobs, and college. We believe strongly in the capability of the girls to become strong leaders, exceptional students and healthy young women. Girls have the opportunities to participate in various field trips and earn student service learning (SSL) hours through community service projects. We truly value the voice of our young ladies and strive to make the program fun!
Schools, Days, and Times:
Tuesdays – Montgomery Blair High School from 2:30pm-4pm
Wednesdays – Springbrook High School from 2:30pm-4pm
Thursdays – Community Bridges’ Office from 3pm-4:30pm
What a day at GLOW! looks like:
2:30pm: Start – Girls greet each other and have snack.
2:45pm: One up and one down – The girls share a positive thing about their week and one thing that perhaps did not go so well.
3pm: Quick Tip and Hot Topic – Program Manager gives them the Quick Tip, which is information that talks about opportunities for the girls such as events, scholarships, and community service opportunities. Girls also have an opportunity to discuss any “Hot Topics” that have come up in the news, school events, and more.
3:15pm: Main activity – Girls work on the main activity for the day usually around a theme of image, identity, higher education, self-esteem, jobs, and leadership.
4pm: Program day ends.
Past College Visits:
- University of Maryland
- Towson University
- St. Mary’s College
- Trinity University
- Catholic University of America
- American University
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
- Old Dominion University
- Duke University
- Dickinson College
Past Field Trips:
- Picnic at a park
- Laser Tag
- IKEA: Girls completed a “college dorm room” project where they took the financial tools they learned in program and applied it to furnish a dorm room on a budget.
- Color Me Mine in Silver Spring
- End of the year trip to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania