The Girls Summer Leadership Program calls upon Dana Hall's own "resident experts" to help develop the program curriculum and also to mentor the participants during the week of the program.
The High School Mentors are current 11th and 12th grade student leaders who have been significantly involved in leadership, diversity and/or service at Dana Hall and elsewhere.
GSLP High School Mentors
Name: Campbell ’17
Campbell wishes she knew then:
"One of the most important lessons I have learned thus far in high school, which I wish I knew in 8th grade, is that every single person must make her own path and ther own identity in correlation with her own success. You cannot expect that the girl who sits next to you at morning meeting or the girl in your advisory will have the exact same experiences in high school. You cannot expect to take all the same classes as other people in your grade, because success is individual. Being able to step away from what others expect of you and what others are doing is a crucial skill that directly influences one’s success and one’s satisfaction levels. Furthermore, I wish I knew that identity changes and shifts with each new experience. In the past, I never considered myself to be a math or business or science person. However, after completing Dana's Girls Summer Entrepreneurship Program last summer, I found that I have a true passion for business, including both the mathematical and marketing aspects. In addition, through my course load this year, I have experienced greater levels of enjoyment in both my math and science classes. At first this change was striking to me, but I now realize that this is simply a part of learning more about myself."
Name: Laura ’17
Hometown: Chestnut Hill
Laura reflects on leadership, one of the four pillars of the GSLP:
"Leadership is a word that I would not have necessarily used before I came to Dana, as I was shy and timid and would often not contribute in group activities. Having been at Dana since 7th grade, I would now consider myself a more confident leader. Being in the all-girls environment at Dana has benefited my life in so many ways. I believe that every girl should experience an all-girls camp or go to an all-girls school because those environment teach girls that it is okay to stand up for yourself, you are not a 'bossy,' and that you can be a leader. Dana creates a comfortable space where girls can step out of their comfort zones in order to grow and learn."
Name: McKenna '17Name
What McKenna wishes she knew then:
"One thing that I’ve learned in high school that I wish I knew in 8th grade is that there is no set style for leadership, that different people can be leaders in different ways. When I was younger, I thought that there was only one clear style of leadership: the strong-willed and outspoken person. But as I’ve gotten older, I think my view of leadership has definitely changed. A leader might not always be the loudest or most outspoken person in the classroom, but the person who has something important to say and has the courage to say it. You don’t have to be a particularly vocal or involved leader, but you can be a leader by simply being respected and speaking up when it truly counts."
: Raya ’16Hometown
: WellesleyWhy Raya thinks that GSLP is a particularly important program
: "I think that an all-girls environment is extremely important for leadership training. The girls that come to the program learn and grow together. No one is an expert or completely experienced, but by the end of the program, they are much closer than they were at the beginning of the program. Every girl, even the mentors, find her strengths and weakness in a safe, judgment-free environment. By the end of the program, they’re equipped with proper leadership tools and, most importantly, confidence. I want to help girls grow like I did when I was in GSLP."
Name: Amanda ’16
Why Amanda thinks that GSLP is an important program: "Being able to harness your leadership skills at a young age is very beneficial for life. This program gives participants the chance to discover who they are as individuals, while opening them up to new opportunities and encouraging them to take healthy risks. GSLP is important because it provides girls with the chance to obtain these skills for the first time, and for girls to further improve their pre-existing skills. It also builds confidence in girls. Before participants can understand what type of leader they are or who they want to be, they need to be confident in themselves and GSLP allows them to discover that confidence. Being confident when entering high school can dramatically change a girl’s experience in a positive way because it helps a girl live more comfortably in her own skin."
Name: Grace ’17
Why Grace thinks that GSLP is an important program:
"As a GSLP alumna, I know first hand the importance of this program. It teaches girls at a young age what a female leader looks like by having strong women as mentors as well as taking time to educate them about what one needs to be a leader. At GSLP, I learned a lot through the interesting lectures as well as team activities that taught me how to be a leader in a group setting."
Name: Kathryn ’17
Why Kathryn thinks that GSLP is an important program:
"I think this is an important program because it offers girls, from many different backgrounds and with varied leadership skills, the opportunity to learn important leadership skills and gain the confidence they need to succeed through high school, college and beyond. Being in an all-girls environment will allow this group of girls to take risks, discover their voices, and find their strengths through the many leadership courses packed into the camp’s agenda. Not only will leadership skills be found through these workshops, but the collaboration and conflict resolutions that the girls will face will help them in the future and provide lasting friendships."
Name: Sophie ’17Name
Sophie reflects on leadership, one of the four pillars of the GSLP:
"Leadership is significant to me; it is something that I have found and pursued at my time at Dana because of the amazing role models and mentors that I have had. While attending Dana, I have fine-tuned my leadership skills and learned how to use them effectively. It is because of my amazing peers, teachers and role models within the community that I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and been encouraged to expand on my passions. Now I aim to be a role model to the GSLP students; I hope to be able to mentor these girls so that they can one day find the leader within themselves like I did."
: Madelon ’17Hometown
Why Madelon thinks that GSLP is an important program:
"I believe the Girls Summer Leadership Program is an extremely important program, as it strives to empower young girls to learn to voice their opinions and take control. From my own personal experiences at Dana Hall, I have learned how important it is have leadership qualities, because they can contribute to all aspects of life including: class work, sports, family life, relationships and many more places. I urge all girls to find leadership characteristics, not only to better their own lives, but to empower other girls as well."
Name: Meghan '17
Meghan reflects on integrity, one of the four pillars of the GSLP:
"While thinking about the four pillars of GSLP, integrity stands out as being significant to me because I am a strong believer in staying true to yourself. I’ve always thought that through growing up we learn what is right and wrong, but sometimes there can be a gray area too, and it takes a lot of integrity to do the right thing when a situation is not black and white. With this, integrity is something that needs to be practiced, and eventually, having a strong sense of integrity can be worked into an everyday lifestyle. Being honest towards oneself and those around you is something that can take a great deal of integrity because with temptations and external opinions, strong integrity is extremely important."
Name: Wendy '17
Hometown: East Boston
What Wendy hopes to gain from this experience as a mentor:
"Going to GSLP made me see that I had the potential to be a leader, and I want other girls to see their potential. As I have grown older I have seen how important leadership is, and I want to be reminded of the tools GSLP provides, which I think will continue to benefit me in college."