September 2019

Every summer, Camp LiveGirl gives us fuel for the future. This July, our 5th annual Camp LiveGirl brought together 130 girls from across Connecticut, including girls from as far away as the Waterbury Boys & Girls Club and the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. These diverse, confident leaders inspired ME. When I look at them - I see the future CEOs, politicians, scientists, Nobel Prize winners, teachers, artists, and so many more individuals who will change the world.

It’s so important that girls have access to fierce female role models who look like them to know what’s possible. With less than 3% of US history book text and 17% of Wikipedia biographies dedicated to women, we must do more to shine a light on the women who came before us and their accomplishments. During our STEAM Design Lab, we asked the girls to name a female inventor, and they could not. That is why, at camp, we featured talks by Dr. Cristal Glangchai (VentureLab CEO and “VentureGirls” best-selling author) who inspired the girls to “think like a scientist” and “dream, dare & do,” and Georgia Hunter (“We Were the Lucky Ones" best-selling author) who encouraged them to live brave and embrace their unique selves. The girls also completed a Brave Leaders course and participated in electives including a STEAM Lab by St. Luke’s Design Lab, musical theatre taught by the Summer Theatre of New Canaan, and sports.

To witness these girls come together and develop an everlasting sisterhood reminds me that we must first foster community and connections before we can make social change. We won’t stop until every girl has what she needs to succeed and thrive. Thank you for being a part of our community and supporting our mission.

With love, peace and gratitude,
Sheri West

August 2019

We are ready and excited for another school year! We have been working hard all summer to expand our programming; our middle school Confidence Clubs are now offered in 20 locations (!) statewide and we are launching a NEW high school leadership program, the LiveGirl League! The momentum is building and it feels awesome!! We hope that you can join us for our first big event of the school year: a parent/daughter Open House on 9/20 at Stepping Stones Museum featuring the amazing bestselling author Alyson Gerber! Informed by her personal challenges with ADHD and scoliosis, Alyson’s books “Braced” and “Focused” inspire.

Hey, we understand that your daughter is busy. As a parent (my oldest just left for college.. sob!), I understand the “race to nowhere”. I personally advise that you sit down with your daughter at the beginning of this school year, have her list out everything she is involved in. Then have her circle the activities that she enjoys and cross out any that she doesn’t. Trust me, she doesn’t need everything on that list to get into college!! We hope that leaves more time for her to get involved in our community. Given the adversity in today’s world (political landscape) and supergirl pressures (social media) - young women need community and belonging more than ever. The positivity and sisterhood of the LiveGirl community can be THE difference in your daughter’s life. So, what are you waiting for?! Register for our fall programs today!

With love, peace and gratitude,
Sheri West

July 2019

Has it been five years already?

Back then, I decided to create a girls’ leadership organization and “pay it forward” to the next generation of female leaders.  As we celebrate our five year anniversary, it is the perfect time to launch our new monthly newsletter. Our community and programming have become so rich and diversified, and this newsletter will make sure that you’re not missing out on any of our amazing programs or resources.

I am passionate about our work to help close the female leadership gap. With every girl that we reach-- who transforms with confidence and can look me in the eye when she is speaking or take up more space when she is presenting an idea -- I feel energized by the impact. I have seen the difference that one charismatic adult can make in a young person’s life. For girls, having access to fierce female role models who look like them is life-changing.

I often get asked the question, “What are you reading or doing with your daughter (Olivia)?” Recently, I took my daughter to see “What the Constitution Means to Me” on Broadway. It is a riveting and thought-provoking play that is an act of civic engagement. If you’re looking for some books to share with your daughter this summer, we loved Ivy & Bean (elementary), Abby Wambach’s Wolfpack, Michelle Obama’s Becoming, or The Power by Naomi Alderman (16+). And don’t let your daughter say, “There’s nothing to dooooooooo.” Download our "Summer Try This!" activity.

We are grateful that you are a part of our community. We hope that you enjoy this newsletter! If you do, don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with a friend. It’s going to take all of us to make this world a better place for our daughters.

Sheri West