the model

The Girls' Groups 

Through community partnerships, either self-selected or nominated, girls in middle and high school come to Lesley University for nine-weeks of TGP. The Girls’ Groups are shaped by the same disruptive pedagogy modeled in the Girlhood course: youth-centered learning that fosters leadership and critical consciousness. Together, college, high school and middle school students explore their identities, challenging the social and cultural construction of girlhood—how gender, sexuality/ies, race, class, ethnicity, education, and the media shape our lives. The Girls’ Groups are powerful and celebratory spaces.

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the toolkit

Ways we engage content that lead to our outcomes:

• DINNER! (FULL MEAL PROVIDED TO EVERY GROUP)               • CO-CONSTRUCTED AGENDAS                     • COMMUNITY NORMS    

• IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT                                                     • MUSIC AND DANCE                                    • MULTI-MODAL ARTS-BASED ACTIVITIES

• CRITICAL DISCUSSION                                                        • NARRATIVE & STORYTELLING                        • CELEBRATION

• CRITICAL ANALYSIS, DECONSTRUCTION,

AND PRODUCTION OF MEDIA

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the course

Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture provides Lesley University students with an introduction to the field of Girls’ Studies, layered with intersectional feminist theory as a foundation to working with girls and youth. The course employs a disruptive, feminist pedagogical model, utilizing critical media literacy, multimodal self-expression, and relationships as entryways to center and uplift youth’s lived experiences. Girlhood positions students as scholars and facilitator/allies engaging in praxis—the joining of theory and practice—in a nine-week Girls’ Group series with local youth. Girlhood students and participants are supported by a teaching team comprised of Lesley faculty and researchers, who are also engaged in a reciprocal learning process.

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the research

TGP Faculty, Teaching and Research Assistants known as Emerging Girlhood Scholars, conduct research in and on the Project. Scholarship generated by TGP is used to evolve the Project and advance knowledge produced with and about girls’ lives. Faculty, students, and facilitators have co-written and published scholarly articles that have been recognized in academic journals concerning Girlhood & Girl Studies. Girlhood scholars have spearheaded creative and academic projects inspired by their research on a number of different issues facing girls today.

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