Starting a Chapter

How do I start a Chapter?

In order to start a Chapter you must first fill out the GLI Chapter Application. If you have questions before you fill in your application Contact Us.

Who can start a Chapter?

Any student or faculty member can apply to start a Chapter at her or his middle or high school. Students or parents can apply to start a Chapter at a community group outside of school and nonprofit staff can also apply to incorporate a GLI Chapter into their program. If you are a senior or 8th grader (or in the last grade that your school goes to) you must identify a student in a lower grade who wants to start the Chapter with you and who can continue the Chapter after you graduate. This person’s full contact information must be included in your application.

This application is not for college students.  Please contact asteimer@feminist.org if you are a college student and want to get involved, or check out the Feminist Majority Foundation’s college programming at www.feministcampus.org.

This application is not for teachers or administrators of schools or nonprofits who are seeking funding. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Partner School Network please contact Ashley Steimer-King, asteimerking (at) feminist.org.

Is there a due date for my application?

Yes! In fact there are two due dates for the two different start dates in the school year. If you want to start your Chapter in the fall applications are due by September 1st of that year. If you want to start your Chapter in the spring please turn in your application by December 1st. We can be somewhat flexible on deadlines, but please try your best to meet them!

What happens after I’ve submitted my application?

After you submit your application, expect to hear back from us with a confirmation email within a few days, and then give us a few weeks to go over your application. Once you’ve been accepted, you will receive an acceptance email along with a Chapter Charter Agreement. The applicant should read the Chapter Charter agreement carefully and discuss any questions GLI staff.

What materials should I receive?

Chapters will receive a username and password to login to the GLI Guidebook, an extensive online resource which you will use throughout the school year to run your Chapter. Upon completion of the Annual Leadership Training Course in the GLI Guidebook.

Will there be training to help me run my Chapter?

Yes, in addition to the training course in the GLI Guidebook, GLI hosts training events for Chapters in the fall, so they can learn about the GLI program and gain useful tips for running their Chapters. Trainings are held on location in NY, DC, Northern and Southern California. Also, webinar trainings are conducted for those Chapters who are a part of our Eastern and Western regions.

Additional webinars will be conducted in the spring for those starting Chapters at that time. At least one representative from your Chapter must participate in a training (although everyone involved in the Chapter is welcome).

What do Chapters do during the year?

Chapters hold regular meetings (on average Chapters meet once a week). In the fall, Chapters will focus on learning about human rights. In the spring, Chapters will focus on advocacy and fundraising by planning and hosting a Student Advocacy Project. Chapters who start in the spring will do a little bit of both.

What is expected of a Chapter?

  • Have fun and gain new skills – attend the GLI training (in-person or webinar)!
  • Educate yourself and your peers – hold regular meetings to learn about Human Rights and the issues girls face around the globe.
  • Raise awareness and funds for girls’ education – hold a Student Advocacy Project to spread the word.
  • Meet other leaders and share your views – send at least one representative to the Student Advisory Board meetings/webinars.
  • Keep GLI in the loop – send GLI any updates on student leaders’ and faculty advisor’s contact information and regularly communicate with GLI Staff.