What is GLI’s mission?

Girls Learn International (GLI) empowers and educates middle and high school students to advocate for human rights, equality, and universal education in the U.S. and around the world. Student-to-student, and student-to-parent, GLI is building a movement of informed advocates for universal girls’ education and a new generation of leaders and activists for social change.

What can I do to help?

If you are a student or faculty member, consider starting a Chapter at your high school or middle school.

Parents should consider donating to help expand the GLI program, or donating to a project in the GLI Partner Network to help increase access to education around the globe.

What are my responsibilities as a Faculty Advisor?

All Chapters must also have a Faculty Advisor. The Faculty Advisor position is a great opportunity to work with students in small groups and to encourage learning about global issues. Faculty Advisor responsibilities include:

  • To help students establish GLI Chapter as a school club
  • To serve as liaison between the Chapter and the GLI office
  • To attend all Chapter meetings
  • To attend a Regional GLI training or webinar training
  • To oversee Chapter fundraising efforts and manage Chapter finances
  • To send any money raised to the GLI Partner Network
  • To encourage Chapter members to engage with human rights curriculum and related activities
  • To facilitate constructive dialogue about sensitive human rights issues that may arise during Chapter meetings

What if I’m a college student?

Students at the college level can participate in the Choices Campus Leadership Program, run by the Feminist Majority Foundation. Students engage in a wide range of campus and community-based actions and mobilizations that focus on the challenges women and girls face internationally and nationally, encouraging women to run for campus-wide office and become involved in student government, countering the threats to women’s reproductive health and rights, increasing access to reproductive health services, and fostering civic engagement.

Can I intern with GLI?

GLI usually offers internships year-round in our Los Angeles office. Interns have the opportunity to work with GLI staff and student leaders to update human rights-based program materials, support current GLI Chapters, and start new Chapters. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, GLI internships are currently on hold. Please direct any questions to GLI Program Director Ashley Steimer-King, [email protected].

Can people who don’t identify as girls participate in GLI?

Yes, and we think that they should! The GLI Program focuses on closing the gender gap in education so that all young people have the chance to go to school. Girls are disproportionately excluded from education, but it is crucial that girls, boys, transgender and non-binary youth, and adults all work together in order to come up with creative and realistic solutions to solve the global crisis in girls’ education. For example, in the past we have had boys start GLI Chapters at their school, and there was even a GLI Chapter at an all-boys high school in Pennsylvania!