Jessica Valsechi

Girls Leadership Collective

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Through her experiences as a principal and a woman leader, Jess became passionate about affirming and uplifting the voices and talents of women, particularly young girls, and founded Girls Leadership Collective. GLC is a program that partners with women leaders to support 4th and 5th grade girls in owning their power and becoming leaders in their communities. Jess is also the founder and lead consultant of Elevate Education LLC., an education consultancy that works with schools across the state to "elevate" their current practices to achieve their goals.

Name of Venture: Girls Leadership Collective

Type of Venture: Program

Launch Date: TBD

Grade Level(s): 4th and 5th Grade

Target Geography: Metro Denver

Additional Fellowships: Colorado Education Initiative Innovation Fellows, 2019

Success to Date: Completed 4 pilots with 15-20 girls in 4th-6th grade where the girls showed an increase in their awareness of their own leadership skills and women leaders, as well as identified problems they wanted to address and crafted solutions that integrated their leadership qualities.

2019-2020 plans: During Fall 2019, GLC will be continuing to co-create & design with students and families by launching an extended pilot program with local elementary school girls.