ON A MISSION TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE
For nearly 20 years, the Bright Futures Leadership Program has encouraged high school girls who show incredible promise to interrogate social constructs of race and gender. In recent years, we have seen that many girls who have the least access to leadership, confidence building, and empowerment training often reside in the most under-resourced Columbus neighborhoods.
In 2019, through a partnership with the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, Bright Futures relaunched as a neighborhood-based leadership program for girls in middle school that provides confidence building and empowerment training focused on social justice concepts in local community centers in the Hilltop and South Side neighborhoods. Throughout the program, girls participate in activities and discussions about concepts like institutional racism and sexism and explore how those systems of oppression impact their self-image, worldview, and relationships with others. They build critical thinking skills and leave with the confidence to advocate for themselves and create change in their communities.