The Girls' Groups
Middle school and high school girls come to Lesley University for nine-weeks of TGP. The girls’ groups are shaped by the same disruptive pedagogy that we use in the Girlhood course. College students, high school students, and middle school students examine their identities, challenge social and cultural constructions of girlhood— how race, class, and the media shape our lives. The Girls’ Groups are powerful and celebratory spaces.
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
Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture provides Lesley University students with an introduction to the field of Girls’ Studies. The course utilizes critical media literacy, self-expression, feminist pedagogy and Positive Youth Development (PYD) as entryways for centering and uplifting youths' lived experiences. Girlhood positions students as scholars and facilitators as allies to join together theory and praxis—in a nine-week Girls’ Group program. Girlhood students and participants are supported by a teaching team that consists of Lesley faculty and researchers, and student teaching assistants, who are also engaged in a reciprocal learning process.
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 grow the Project and generate new knowledge with and about girls. Faculty, students, and facilitators have published have been recognized for this work.