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 sessions (July through early August of the program year) 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, with dorming at a local college campus. 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 is present throughout the duration of each nine-day session, 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 an 8:1 participant to staff ratio at all times; for travel to/from New York City, the participant to staff and chaperone ratio is increased to 8:2.

What are the session dates for 2022?

Session dates are not currently scheduled but generally run in early to mid-July (Session I) and late July through early August (Session II).

When is the application deadline?

In past years, applications opened in mid-January and were due in late March.

How will applicants be interviewed?

Applicants are contacted to schedule a brief video interview as part of the application review process, with interviews scheduled on a rolling basis throughout the months February and March

When will applicants be notified of acceptance into the program?

Girls who are accepted into the program are generally notified of their acceptance beginning the last week of March and no later than mid-April.

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.

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