The GenHERation Summer Leadership Series, a leadership camp for high school girls, will be offered in Buffalo for four weeks beginning Tuesday.
It’s the brainchild of GenHERation CEO Katlyn Grasso, a senior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, whose goal is to help women bridge gaps in power and become “catalysts of social change.”
“Although women now outnumber men in earning collegiate degrees, there is still a scarcity of women in the highest positions of power,” Grasso said.
GenHERation’s goal is to empower young females by letting them practice being leaders in a supportive environment. It teams middle and high school girls with executives from national corporations and nonprofit organizations to help them develop advocacy campaigns to address community issues.
The leadership camp grew out of that program thanks to a Wharton Venture Award Grasso received for the program, which allowed her to expand it nationally to five cities.
The Buffalo camp will engage girls in community service challenges, elevator-pitch competitions and public speaking exercises. Girls will also have a chance to mingle with female executives from the financial, health care, corporate communications and entertainment fields. At the end of the program, more than $1,000 in scholarships will be awarded.
The program begins Tuesday and runs through Aug. 19. It will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the Be Healthy Institute, 40 Main St. Suite 3 in Hamburg.
Participants who register online at Genheration.com/buffalo will receive a T-shirt, but registration is also available at the door. The cost is $10.