The Girlhood Project

Pivoting our Model with Girls During COVID-19

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  • 1 Lesley University, and The Girlhood Project, USA cweiner@lesley.edu
  • 2 Lesley University, and The Girlhood Project, USA kvandema@lesley.edu
  • 3 Lesley University, and The Girlhood Project, USA sdoyle3@lesley.edu
  • 4 Lesley University, and The Girlhood Project, USA jmarti42@lesley.edu
  • 5 Lesley University, and The Girlhood Project, USA swalklet@lesley.edu
  • 6 Lesley University, and The Girlhood Project, USA arutstei@lesley.edu
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Abstract

The Girlhood Project (TGP) is a community based, service-learning/research program that is part of the undergraduate course at Lesley University called “Girlhood, Identity and Girl Culture.” TGP works with community partners to bring middle and high school girls to Lesley's campus for nine weeks as part of intergenerational girls’ groups that are co-facilitated by Lesley students (also referred to as TGP students). TGP fosters the development of feminist leadership, critical consciousness, voice, and community action, and activism in all participants. In this article, we describe how we adapted TGP's model to a virtual and synchronous platform for students during COVID-19 and supported their learning competencies. We reflect critically on this experience by centering the voices and perspectives of girls, students, and professors.

Contributor Notes

Cheryl Weiner (ORCID: 0000-0003-2032-681X) is a PhD candidate at Lesley University and a TGP instructor. Email: cweiner@lesley.edu

Kathryn Van Demark (ORCID: 0000-0002-7919-0534) is a TGP instructor, pursuing a graduate degree in applied psychology. Email: kvandema@lesley.edu

Sarah Doyle (ORCID: 0000-0003-2040-2608) is a PhD candidate at Lesley University and a TGP researcher. Email: sdoyle3@lesley.edu

Jocelyn Martinez (ORCID: 0000-0002-4324-5978) is an Emerging TGP Scholar and graduate of Lesley University. Email: Jmarti42@lesley.edu

Fia Walklet (ORCID: 0000-0001-8588-368X) is an Emerging TGP Scholar and student at Lesley University. Email: swalklet@lesley.edu

Amy Rutstein-Riley (ORCID: 0000-0002-7859-801X) is Interim Dean of Lesley University's Graduate School of Education and founder of The Girlhood Project. Email: arutstei@lesley.edu

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