Spring 5-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


The focus of this article is on empowering and encouraging young women to pursue positions of power and leadership. Research on development has revealed that adolescents girls, as a result of social pressures and societal sanction, often begin to silence or censor themselves; they are thought to unconsciously recognize having less power in society than their male counterparts. In an effort to support the ambition and of young women in the community, a leadership forum was created. The forum is a ten-session workshop aimed toward adolescent girls that will address matters such as empowerment, teamwork, self-esteem, stereotyping, goal setting, success, and resilience. By partnering with the non-profit organization, “Ladies First,” to implement the leadership forum, it will create a safe space for personal and social exploration, as well as give confidence and strengthen the voices and of adolescent girls.