Any athlete entering into or currently enrolled in high school are welcome to apply and we encourage all girlx (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identifying youth) to be a part of our inclusive, welcoming space. Selected participants will join a new cohort (regardless of their year in high school) and work through our leadership program.
Important Note Regarding COVID-19 We have seen equity in sports slowly improve in recent years, but COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis threaten this progress. If we do not intentionally continue bolstering gender equity efforts, COVID-19 will further entrench systemic inequities that most adversely impact girlx athletes. That is why we promise our 2020 GURLS Program will run no matter what. Whether we meet online or in-person, our program will continue this year.
Classroom Sessions and Cohorts We select 10 individuals for each cohort to start in our 1st GURLS Year. Each GURLS year builds on one another, so whether participants are freshman or seniors (or in-between), we believe they will find value in every year they are enrolled in GURLS.
Our 6 classroom sessions run for 4-hours on Saturdays in September & October. Participants will design and complete a service project before GURLS graduation, which takes place in November.
We strongly encourage participants to attend all of our classroom sessions, but we understand that sometimes this is simply not possible. We will never turn away applicants who are unable to attend all of our sessions (and therefore encourage everyone to apply, regardless of their availability), but we may take attendance into consideration when selecting our 10-person cohort.
Those interested in our program must complete an online application. The application consists of seven sections:
Demographic Information (optional)
Household Information (optional)
Availability & Transportation Needs
Personal Story: What challenges have you faced as an athlete? What do you hope to see change in the near future?
Entry Into The Program
Those interested in our program must complete an online application. Once participants are accepted, they are welcome to work with us for every year that they are enrolled in high school. At no point will participants ever pay a fee to access this program — it is our belief that leadership opportunities such as these should be free and accessible to all.
"She owes her confidence and strength to the support and coaching of the GURLS Program.”
- GURLS Parent
Benefits of the Program
Once accepted into the program participants will:
Increase their confidence and sense of voice
Build stronger connections with their peers, teammates, and community
Understand how to be a strong leader
Understand how to solve complex problems
Learn essential project management skills
Learn from other powerful and successful womxn working in a variety of professional fields
Apply to GURLS Today!
Are you interested in applying to GURLS or know someone who would be? Click on the button below to fill out the application form for our Fall 2020 Class!