Girls’ Rites

Girls’ Rites is a 9-month leadership program for high school girls. We empower girls and women to cultivate community and personal growth through rites of passage: mentorship, intergenerational service-learning and activism, and adventure.

What We Do

-Complete 60 hours of service-learning per student

-Cultivate a 3-tiered intergenerational mentorship team: each girl mentors a junior high school aged girl, and is mentored by an adult woman in the community

-Train women mentors in ways to engage their mentee, while encouraging them to also simply “do life” together

-Train girls in ways to engage their junior high mentee, while encouraging them to also simply “do life” together

-Create space for exploration of self and current issues in a safe environment with two monthly seminars

-Amplify girls’ voices by requiring student facilitation of 75% of seminars

-Establish the girls on a lineage of womens’ rites via research on the history of rites of passage, feminism and women in community; engagement with texts by and about women; and ideation of the future of women in the world

-Facilitate a local rite of passage along the front range of Colorado for girls unable to participate in the away rites

Trip Overview

Experience 12 days of meaningful service and adventure as you road trip through Arazona, Utah, Nevada, and California. Explore the many facets of desert, from 3 National Parks to the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Dates: July 7-19, 2018

Journey Size: 10 Students (5:1 Staff Ratio) *Open to females only

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Students Will…

-Marvel at the geological wonders of Arches National Park, and hike to an off the beaten path arch

-Learn the oral history and current reality if the Diné people, by taking guided hikes and hearing from two Diné storytellers

-Help a woman farmer tend her land and flock in the ancestral tribal landscape of Canyon de Chelly

-Board down a coral pink sand dune and hear from the women founders of the largest no-kill animal shelter in the US

-Learn about the mission of National Park Service and Women’s contribution to the NPS while hiking along the North rim of the Grand Canyon

-Take ownership of your experience by making and breaking camp, leading daily reflections, and preparing meals for the rest of your squad

-Mentor a junior high school girl and be mentored by an adult woman in your community