SEATTLE – The KD Hall Foundation is set to launch this year’s Girls on the Rise program, which will feature a cohort of 20-30 freshmen girls who will be given the tools to discover self-worth and effective communications skills through a curriculum tailored (this year) to the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how youth can apply these skills in the future.
The program will provide leadership lessons the students can take with them for the remainder of their high school careers. Girls on the Rise is a statewide program with recruitment running from March 9-23 with interviews taking place on March 26.
Invitations to join the program will be shared on March 30, with instruction going from April 5-June 1. Evergreen High School being utilized at the flagship institution for the program.
The girls who participate in the program will receive a stipend and GOTR learning materials. We are focusing on a freshman cohort, so we can follow their journey through high school.
This program will provide a learning environment centered around a focus-group approach and will be 100-percent virtual. The 10-week court will feature a new competency each week, focusing on topics like business acumen, self-efficacy and conflict management, among others.
This cohort will be instrumental in helping hone a lesson plan that will be utilized statewide during the 2021-22 school year.
In the past, the Girls on the Rise conferences have created workshops that impact communities that face systemic barriers. The conference targeted middle school and high school girls aged 11-18 years, with a specific target of 12-16 years to provide students with leadership experiences through an experiential educational program that was intended to be hybrid before COVID-19.
The Girls on the Rise pilot program started in the spring of 2018 in the Highline School District. The three initial Girls on the Rise conferences reached young girls from inner-city and urban areas, primarily Black/African American girls and girls of color who subjected to issues like human sex trafficking and the school-to-prison pipeline.