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Now more than ever it is crucial for women to lead the way in repairing the world. 

Whether that means discovering the next cure for cancer; innovating renewable energy solutions; negotiating international peace treaties; or leading a nation - public policy

guides every aspect of our lives. GirlGov was created to ensure that young women

will be the leaders shaping those policies to create a better future.

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Enrollment for GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy

is OPEN for Summer 2020.  Enroll Now!


GGSLA is an opportunity to spend two weeks of your summer learning how to make a HUGE difference in your community, meet other passionate young women in your city, and have a ton of FUN all at once! 

This year the Women and Girls Foundation has teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to create the GirlGov Leadership Summer Academy to serve girls of excellence in our area who are interested in learning more about civics, activism, and their own leadership potential. The program will take place for two weeks this summer, July 6 – July 17th, on the University of Pittsburgh campus.


The GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy is a project of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF), a non-profit organization working to break down barriers so that every girl can rise and every woman can soar.  Over the last ten years, WGF has served over one thousand girls through their school-year based GirlGov program which currently serves girls in 7 counties and over 60 schools. But now it is time to take it to the next level…..

From July 6 – July 17th   Girls will Take Over the City!

The GGSLA program includes three core learning components: advocacy and leadership curriculum taught in the college classroom; professional and networking skills learned through an internship at a local elected official’s office; and the opportunity to put these learnings into practice by developing a social action project to bring back to their school and community. All GGSLA participants will intern at the City-County buildings in Downtown, Pittsburgh.


GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy is designed for young women who have the capacity and curiosity to dedicate themselves to a two-week college classroom experience, the workplace environment at city hall, and who would like to change the world, all while building community and having fun!


Information & Dates

Participation Eligibility

To be eligible for participation, a student must:

  • Be concerned about issues of inequity and injustice and want to learn more about how to create change in their local community;

  • Be a female identifying student living in or nearby Allegheny County;

  • Be going into 9th-12th grade in the summer of 2020;

  • Have the capacity, curiosity, and commitment to dedicate the entire two weeks to this intensive and exciting experience.

Important Dates
  • GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy will take place on the University of Pittsburgh campus from Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 17, 2020.  Students are to arrive on campus by 9:30am and the day will conclude at 3:30pm.

  • Internships will be Tuesday July 13th through Thursday July 16th. Transportation to the internships will be provided. 

  • Early Registration opens November 15th and runs until March 1st, 2020.  Early Registration Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration. 

  • Regular Registration opens on March 2nd and runs until June 1, 2020.  A deposit is required at the time of registration; payment in full must be received on or before June 1, 2020.*

  • The final date to withdraw from the program and receive a tuition refund** is June 1, 2020.


Registration and Tuition

Regular Tuition for registrations on or after March 2nd, 2020 is $1250 (this fee includes a $250 non-refundable deposit.)  Tuition may be paid in full at the time of registration OR you may elect pay a $250 deposit at the time of registration. All final payments are due by June 1, 2020.  


Tuition for Early Registration is discounted at $995 until March 1st, 2020 and must be paid in full at the time of registration. (This fee includes a $250 non-refundable deposit.)


Please note:  We can only accept online payments in the form of credit card or e-check.  Paper checks or other forms of payment cannot be accepted.


Withdrawals and Refunds

Any participant wishing to withdraw from the program must submit their resignation in writing to beth@wgfpa.org. Any tuition payments, less the $250 non-refundable deposit, will be returned within 30 days of resignation to registrants who withdraw from the program on or before June 1st.  No refunds will be issued for participants withdrawing from the program after June 1st, 2020.  


Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to/from the University of Pittsburgh. Transportation to/from internships will be provided for participants.  Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary slightly on internship days.  More specific information regarding building and classroom numbers and parking details will be sent to each participant prior to the start of camp.


Participants should plan to dress comfortably for days we will be on campus.  The temperature inside buildings is unpredictable, so we recommend bringing a sweater or dressing in layers.  The dress for internship days is ‘business appropriate’.  Business appropriate means: dress pants, skirts, or suits. Clothes you would wear to a job interview. Non-appropriate clothing examples are:  jeans, flip flops, very short shorts and short skirts, tank tops, and/or ‘evening wear’. 

Additional Questions?

For more detailed information about the GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy,
please take a look at our FAQ Page or contact Beth Sondel at beth@wgfpa.org.


What you'll learn

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GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy

GirlGov & GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy are programs of the Women and Girls Foundation. 


Phone: 412-434-4883

Email: girlgov@wgfpa.org

GirlGov is a registered trademark of the Women and Girls Foundation.

The Women and Girls Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA engaged in statewide programming and policy work.