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The mission of LiveGirl is to equip girls with the necessary leadership skills to thrive and have a positive impact on the world. Our program evaluation demonstrates that our programs successfully teach social emotional intelligence and self-esteem. In other words, we help girls truly love and believe in themselves and equip them with the leadership skills necessary to have a positive impact on the world.  We prepare girls to LIVE our leadership values.

• LIVE your true self: Love yourself, believe in yourself, and embrace your original, unique self.

• LIVE brave: Embody resilience and perseverance to overcome obstacles; stand up and speak out for what you believe in.

• LIVE kind: Connect positively with yourself and others and have a positive impact on the world around you.

• LIVE your power: Identify and leverage your inner powers; activate and self-empower to change the world.

"Leadership skills are social emotional intelligence skills.” - Google Leadership Institute

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. "You can't be what you don't see" - Sally Ride

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“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.