As a little girl, I stumbled into an opportunity that would change the course of my life. In seventh grade, I left a world of dilapidated buildings, over-crowded classrooms, outdated textbooks, and metal detectors for a world with outdoor learning spaces, inquiry-based teaching and learning, trees for bird-watching and seminar classes.
In this new world, I learned the value of social-emotional learning and student-centered learning pedagogy. I was encouraged to unfold - in the hallways, in student-led classroom discussions and projects, on lacrosse lawns and in student-curated performances.
I came away with a deep love for learning that has taken me to an Ivy League university and law school – but one question has remained – what about the girls that I left behind? Weren’t they just as worthy?
Girls Taking Up Space is a labor of love, for which there is no greater gift. It's a chance for girls living on the margins of society to be brave, bold and unapologetic. I want our girls to speak loudly and confidently - take ownership of their learning, tell their own stories and use their resiliency to change the world.
It's time. Take. Up. Space.
Girls Taking Up Space held its official wine and cheese launch party last Sunday in the beautiful hills of Berkeley, CA. Guests wrote messages to our girls and shared good intentions for our first class. I’m happy to announce that we reached our fall fundraising goal thanks to generous donations from artist, LoWell Waters Brook and The Women's TransDance Temple.
We are so grateful for the web of support that GTUS has received (special thanks to LoWell Brook, Heather Monroe Pierce, and Barb and Shane Finley of Constant Disruptions Wine). Thank you for joining the movement.