Engaging Girls, Changing Communities: Examining Girls' Processes of Civic Engagement and Leadership

Investigator:

Funding Program:

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$200,000

This project investigates how young women and girls engage in leadership and civic activities in new urban environments, by bringing together researchers and community members along with young women to define leadership, on their own terms. By inviting girls to re-define and explore different ways to participate in their communities, the project will create insight into the complexities of nurturing youth girl leadership. The project aims to inform civic stakeholders how to fully and sustainably engage girls’ relatively untapped potential to enhance civic life. By identifying barriers and enhancers to civic participation and leadership, this project will contribute to building sustainable community partnerships and activities, which take into account the dynamics of the new urban environment and promote the development of girls as future leaders.