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Our Programs | Teen Leadership Program:


The Teen Leadership Program is designed to address the needs of our girls in their evolution into competent and active members of their communities in the following ways:

  • Develop positive attitudes and relationships with peers and caring adults to help them develop socially and succeed academically.
  • Develop skills and attitudes needed to become leaders among their peers and in their communities.
  • Keep teens connected, engaged, and nurtured during the pivotal ages of 15-17, to keep them on track, in school, and developing to their best potential.
  • Tap into the positive experiences of teens who have attended SEED for several years and are eager to stay engaged with Girls Quest as they grow and give back to the younger girls in our programs.


In the program, qualified girls, ages 15 and up, participate in a series of cultural, educational, and leadership activities throughout the year. Teen Leaders commit to a three-year, year-round program, which includes serving as peer leaders each summer for the SEED Program at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah. They receive training in leadership, conflict resolution, and behavior modeling during the school year, in preparation for serving as peer leaders at SEED during the summer.

2010 Accomplishments

  • Served a total of 32 Teen Leaders ages 15-18.
  • Three of our Teen Leaders graduated from our program and enrolled in college.
  • Our Teen Leaders participated in monthly activities that included:
    • A "Leadership Training" workshop facilitated by Elizabeth Williams-Riley
    • "Asking and Providing Support" workshop facilitated by the Women's Interest Network of American Express
    • A two part "Body Respect" workshop facilitated by Planned Parenthood of New York City
    • A college tour of University of Albany
    • A "Career Day" workshop featuring eight panelists from diverse sectors such as law enforcment, banking, retail and publishing
    • Communitiy service project- volunteerd at St. Xavier Church's Soup Kitchen
  • Additionally, our Teen Leaders volunteerd to facilitate and chaperone events for our younger participants and also serve as peer leaders during the summer at our SEED Program at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah.
  • In September 2010, two of Girls Quest’s graduating Teen Leaders, Sarah-Kay Sweetland and Erin Budd, were featured in the “18 under 18” awards profile in Athena magazine for girls, honoring 18 young women leaders around the country who are role models.