Last fall, six students were awarded the first-ever Moulton Student Global Citizenship Grant, administered by NCGS.
Emily Kulp ’19, Katherine McGovern ’19, Leann Luong ’20, and Asiyah Ball ’20 spoke to educators on June 25 at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools’ annual conference in Washington, D.C., sharing the status of an ongoing global leadership development project made possible through NCGS funding. The four student presenters, along with Elizabeth Francis ’19 and Shreya Mathawan ’20, were awarded the first-ever Moulton Student Global Citizenship Grant last fall.
NCGS co-founder Meg Moulton established the $1,000 Moulton Grant in 2016 to be given annually to a faculty-led team of NCGS member school students, with a goal to “engage girls in leadership, fortify their strategic thinking, and enhance their global mindfulness by developing empathy and respect for others.” The grant is designed to be a launch pad for new student projects, “directed at fortifying their leadership skills and inspiring their role as contributing global citizens.”
Under the guidance of advisors Emily Brennan, Maggie Powers, and Director of Service Learning Sarah Kinder, the group’s goal was to develop a project that would contribute to the education of girls in a developing country. The girls chose to focus on leadership.
After finding an interested partner school — the SEGA Girls School in Tanzania — the six students spent time in classrooms, assemblies, and meeting with Agnes Irwin teachers and students to learn how AIS intentionally works to deepen and broaden the concept of leadership. Armed with their research, the Upper Schoolers began building relationships with students and teachers at the SEGA School.
The group’s advisors observed that over the course of the year, the girls shifted in their understanding of service. “Their early ideas were focused on solutions — before they even had a partner or a problem identified,” said Mariandl Hufford, Assistant Head of School and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls, in her remarks at the conference. Now, the students are talking about partner clubs to support one another in leadership roles, coaching younger girls in their respective schools, and identifying avenues for developing their unique leadership styles.
“In the end, girls in both schools learned about leadership,” Hufford said. “Assumptions were challenged and definitions and understandings expanded.”
The Moulton Grant has “launched us on a learning journey,” she continued. The project has “allowed for a deepening of understanding and exploration of what leadership is across cultures, and served to strengthen the bonds of global sisterhood.”