Green Girls is an innovative program that encourages girls to excel in the sciences and realize their potential to create change within the natural environment and their own lives.
The Summer Institute
The three-week Green Girls Summer Institute, going into its sixth summer, serves 30 girls from the four Young Women’s Leadership Schools in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with hands-on activities and trips to parks and natural areas, wildlife refuges, and cultural institutions. Green Girls provides middle-school girls with intensive summer experiences that enrich their understanding of science and environmental justice issues, familiarize them with New York City’s vast natural and institutional resources, and promote leadership and life skills. Ultimately, the Green Girls Summer Institute helps girls explore their own vast potential and the extensive career possibilities available in the sciences.
These carefully-selected and sequenced activities address a variety of science subject matter, including environmental education, ecology, biology, geology, zoology, and botany. Sessions encompass an array of environmental and environmental justice issues that focus on community problems and the need for green spaces, water conservation, air quality and the natural world.
Community Service opportunities are integral to the Green Girls program. Participants engage in a variety of activities, from science experiments and research projects to rock climbing and canoeing to studying maps and demographic patterns. Some days focus on community service projects, such as participating in the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s Tree Census Project, planting trees as part of a reforestation program, organizing a community recycling project or taking part in neighborhood park clean-up projects. Participation fosters environmental stewardship and a stronger connection to community among our students, as well as the development of leadership skills as they learn about local problems and initiate projects that address those needs.