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Three Middle Schoolers during the GLI MS Program.

Our Summer Programs

At every level, our summer institutes help girls explore their leadership potential, strengthen their self-esteem, and turn plans into action, all through a broad range of hands-on activities. All of our programs are designed to build skills in several essential areas: communication, social and emotional intelligence, vision and goal setting, ethical decision-making, leadership styles, and cultural competence.


Leadership in Daily Life
Open to rising fourth- and fifth-graders
June 24–28, 2024 


Institute I: Empowering the Leader Within
Open to rising sixth-graders
June 24–28, 2024

Institute II: Fierce Leadership in Action
Open to rising seventh- and eighth-graders
July 22–August 2, 2024


Elevating Your Leadership Brand
Open to rising ninth and tenth graders
July 22–26, 2024


Learn and live leadership with us this summer.

Our OWLs (Outstanding Wise Leaders) sharpen their public speaking and presentation skills, but also explore the impact of nonverbal communication.

Working together, they experience their own leadership styles in different contexts as they learn about team building and group dynamics. They gain cultural competence and come to understand the tremendous impact each individual leader can have on her community through service, examining case studies, ethical decision making and creating a unique action plan.

Daily, participants find the courage within themselves as they push beyond their own boundaries by conquering physical and mental challenges. They work closely with high school or college mentors and interact with adult women who share their personal and professional leadership paths. In a culminating presentation, each young leader showcases the skills she developed in the program’s workshops.

Ongoing reflection is a vital part of the character-building process, and every girl journals regularly about her own journey as a leader throughout the program as well as how she will apply to her life after GLI the skills she is learning now. 


The Summer Institutes, which are one-week and two-week summer enrichment programs, take place Monday through Friday. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m.

The Institutes are centrally located on the Kent Place School campus, in Summit, New Jersey.