Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW)

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Girls’ Leadership Worldwide: Where Passion Meets Purpose

While GLW has been suspended since the onset of the pandemic, we at ERVK are eager to ignite a reimagined version of our beloved program. You can help by sharing your thoughts or getting involved.

From 1997-2019, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill has hosted Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW), a one-of-a-kind experience for young women to discover their passions, build the confidence to take on their dreams, develop their voices, and unwrap a world of leadership potential!

Each summer, girls from across the country and around the globe were brought together for a unique nine-day leadership program inspired by the life lessons and leadership legacy of First Lady of the World Eleanor Roosevelt. Over the course of the program, girls experienced interactive workshops, participated in field trips, visited career sites, networked with and learned from accomplished female leaders, and gained a new perspective on leadership–all while building an international community of peers and lasting bonds of sisterhood.

Girls emerged from GLW transformed and re-energized, ready to be the compassionate, socially-conscious and fearless leaders of a new tomorrow.

EXPLORE your hopes and dreams.

FIND your voice and learn how to use it.

CONNECT with other like-minded girls in a supportive, judgment-free zone.

BUILD self-confidence and develop a positive self-image.

PARTICIPATE in a program that enables you to address issues and concerns important to you.

LEARN skills to help reach your personal goals and realize your dreams.

DEVELOP strong relationships with girls from around the world.

Innovating the Summer Camp Experience

GLW’s innovative leadership immersion takes girls on a journey of self-discovery and exploration that empowers them to find their voice and catalyses them to speak from their truth and lead from their values. The program, which is based on the 10 Principles of Leadership modeled by Eleanor Roosevelt, welcomes high school girls ages 15-17 who are ready to discover their passions and meet their full potential.

GLW’s 10 Principles of Leadership:

  • Advocacy & Activism: Girls apply service leadership skills to make a difference for a cause as an Eleanor Roosevelt ambassador.
  • Agent of Change: Girls come to understand the importance of human rights and civic responsibility; in so doing, they unlock the power within and become a force for the good of all.
  • Empowerment: Girls build self-confidence, find their voice, and explore ways to express themselves.
  • Global Citizenship: Girls discover what it means to be a global citizen and gain an appreciation of and respect for the diversity of perceptions and perspectives that inform different cultures and communities—both close to home and around the world.
  • Networking: Girls meet and learn from accomplished women (and men) from various professional fields in the for-profit, nonprofit, academic and public service sectors as well as GLW alumnae, Advisory Committee members and ERVK stakeholders.
  • Open-mindedness: Girls learn how to embrace new ideas, value differing opinions and allow others to freely express their views without condemnation. They learn to recognize and address unconscious bias.
  • Passion & Purpose: Girls ignite their life’s mission by uncovering their passion and purpose.
  • Servant Leadership: Girls begin to acquire the values and skills necessary to become a principled and socially-conscious leader in the style of Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Social Justice: Girls explore and discuss contemporary social justice issues, challenges, and solutions.
  • Solidarity: Girls form strong peer relationships within their GLW community in a supportive, judgment-free environment.

Meeting at the intersection of mentorship, leadership development, creative learning, and advocacy, GLW provides girls with the experiential learning that will embolden their voices, develop a strong identity, and uncover their passions. Girls depart the program prepared to address social justice and human rights issues and to navigate the demands of global citizenship and servant leadership. Through GLW, girls discover their power to impact others, and the world.

Check back for soon for future GLW program opportunities.



Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 22 Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.