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. After conducting community research and a thorough review of our current program offerings, we have restructured our curriculum to meet the needs of a younger demographic, teen girls ages 11-14, and partnered with Columbus Recreation and Parks in order to make Bright Futures a neighborhood-based program. This fall, we launched the new program at the Glenwood Community Center (Hilltop) and, soon to be coming at a later date, the Barack Community Center (Southside).