Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for GLW?

Program applicants must be rising sophomores,  juniors or seniors and between the ages of 15 – 17 during the duration of the program (July 11 – August 2, 2020) and will be selected based on their demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to community service and social justice, and their academic and extra-curricular achievements.

Where is the program held?

GLW is held at The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, located on the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. Participants in the program will also spend time in New York City exploring career sites.

Who will be supervising my daughter while she is participating in the program?

During a typical day, participants in the program will be supervised by group leaders and counselors–a selectively hired group of young women, some of whom are themselves alumnae of the program. The program director will be present throughout the duration of the week, and on-call at all times. During the time spent in New York City, the girls and their group leaders and counselors will also be accompanied by chaperones from the GLW Advisory Committee. A health director will be on site daily as well.

What is the ratio of group leaders to participants?

GLW maintains a participant to staff ratio of one to eight at all times; for travel to New York City, the staff and chaperone to participant ration is increased to two to eight.

What are the session dates for 2020?


  • Session I: July 11 – 19, 2020
  • Session 1 Graduation: July 19, 2020
  • Session II: July 25 – August 2, 2020
  • Session II Graduation: August 2, 2020

When is the application deadline?

Applications for summer 2020 are due by midnight on Friday, March 13, 2020.

How will applicants be interviewed?

Applicants will be contacted to schedule a brief video interview as part of the application review process. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis for a date between February 19 and March 27.

When will applicants be notified of acceptance into the program?

Girls who are accepted into the program will be notified of their acceptance beginning the week of March 30, 2020 and no later than April 13, 2020.

Is the $200.00 deposit refundable?

No. Upon acceptance into the program, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the applicant’s spot in the program. This fee will not be refunded if the applicant withdraws before the program start date.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 4 No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.