The mission of LiveGirl is to equip girls with the necessary leadership skills to thrive. Our program evaluation demonstrates that we successfully teach girls how to be leaders, which boosts their social and self-esteem. Based upon our extensive evaluation, and in partnership with Dr. Andrea Barra (bio below), we have defined our leadership model to incorporate four key components, teaching girls to 

1) be yourself (your voice matters)
2) be brave (act on your beliefs)
3) be kind (connect positively with those around you)
4) be empowered (change the world for the better)

Our curriculum is aligned to these four components and includes project-based skill learning, creative activity, and journaling. We also place a heavy emphasis on providing positive role models for our girls to see these values in action. 

“Middle school is a challenging time, especially for girls. Our goal is to provide a positive community where every girl feels a sense of belonging, where every girl is inspired, and where every girl learns the leadership skills to change the world.”
— - Sheri West, Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Andrea Barra’s Bio:
Dr. Andrea Barra is an assessment specialist, having worked the past decade in various roles in higher education administration and teaching. In an assessment capacity, she is highly involved in learning outcomes, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, survey design, and measurement techniques.  She holds an MA and PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Richmond. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Assessment Network of New York and a member of several regional and national assessment associations. Her academic research areas include popular culture, gender, audience studies, and religion.