Programs

Camp Congress for Girls is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 to politics. Camp begins with a girl-friendly lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign website and a political ad for television. All campers will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the Executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill. Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President. During the camp session the campers will meet elected officials and political consultants that will serve as honorary camp counselors. Camp Congress for Girls is hosted in one-day sessions during the school year and week-long sessions during the summer break.

Camp United Nations for Girls is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 to the work of the United Nations. The program begins with a lesson on the history of the United Nations and its purpose. This is followed by an explanation of the structure, leadership and the rules of procedure of the United Nations starting with the General Assembly and subsidiary organs. Participants learn about the specific work undertaken in the United Nations’ boards, commissions, committees, councils and panels and working groups. Prior to convening the General Assembly, each participant will be assigned a country and guided through researching her country then writing a position paper. When the General Assembly convenes delegates will give speeches, negotiate with other delegates, caucus and propose resolutions along with amendments before finally voting. Camp United Nations for Girls is a one-day program.

Camp Parliament for Girls Camp Parliament for Girls is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 to the parliamentarian system of government. Camp will be a lesson on the structure of parliamentarian governments including eligibility for service, political parties and parliamentary elections. This will be followed by a brief study of the nations around the world that have a parliament in place. Camp will culminate with campers forming a parliament to propose then debate and vote on a law. Camp Parliament for Girls is a one-day program.

Exploring Careers in Politics for Girls is a webinar for girls ages 13 to 17 who have an interest in a career in politics. There are a number of fulfilling and lucrative career opportunities for young women in the political sector. This webinar will also give guidance on securing internships along with paid and volunteer positions on political campaigns.

Politics, Advocacy & Political Careers for Girls is a program for girls ages 14 to 17. This one-day session begins with a lesson on the structure of the US political system at the federal and state levels. The session then examines the contributions of women political leaders beginning with Jeannette Rankin and moving through to present-day leaders. The advocacy portion of the session defines advocacy, the ways one can effectively advocate and the role of advocacy in political as well as social change. The program concludes with Political Careers for Girls as participants learn about the myriad professional opportunities for women in the political sector. Guest speakers for this portion of the program include a lobbyist, campaign manager, Chief of Staff, political fundraiser, political speech writer, PAC director and field organizer.

Daughter and Mother Camp Congress for Girls is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 and their moms to politics. Camp begins with a girl-friendly lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. Each mom will serve as her daughter’s campaign manager. Together, daughter and mother will create a political campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign marketing materials and a political ad for television. All campers and moms will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the Executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill. Moms will serve as House, Senate and White House aides assisting daughters in their work. Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President. During the camp session the campers and moms will meet an elected official or political consultant.

GIP Program Forms
Girls in Politics Initiative Participant Registration Form 2017

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