Bright Futures

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.

The Bright Futures curriculum invites girls to process who they are and the power they have to make the world around them a better place through fun and educational sessions that encourage critical thinking and community building. By discussing topics like racism, sexism and intersectionality, we aim to upend insecurities rooted in oppressive ideas and institutions, and inspire participants to advocate for social change.

During this time of uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, our team continues to work hard to ensure the safety of our young participants while still providing quality programming.

We’re excited to announce that our next virtual program is coming up on February 2, 2021 and will take place on Tuesdays from 5-6 PM. We welcome any and all 7th and 8th grade girls to join us for 8 weeks of fun discussions and activities on social justice and female leadership.

We will also be holding in person sessions for 7th and 8th grade girls on the southside at the Barrack recreation center on Wednesdays, starting on March 17, 2021.

To register for the virtual or Barrack program, please contact Belen de Leon at bdeleon@ywcacolumbus.org or 614.407.6574.


 

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The greatest aspect of this program was that I learned how not to be afraid. It is important to speak your mind, stand up for what is right, and protect yourself and others.
Anjali Tewari, Bright Futures graduate
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