Friday, March 20, 2015

Kickstart This!

I just love the idea of Girls Driving for a Difference! These amazing young women from Stanford will be crossing the U.S. to share the concepts behind the design thinking process with young girls with the hope of empowering them as leaders of social change.
We believe that instead of asking kids what they want to be when they grow up, we should be asking them, "What kind of change do you want to create in the world, and how can you start achieving that dream today?"

It's super important that we teach young people the skills they'll need to function in society -- math, science, coding, writing, etc. But the thing that is so often forgotten is the idea of learning leadership skills, which is the key to affecting real and lasting change.

I love that each girl who takes part in this project will come up with an idea to improve her community, and then learn HOW to do it. I'm more than a little jealous that something like this didn't exist when I was a kid. Not only will this help these future leaders build the skills they'll need, but it also inspires them to look around and recognize what needs to be addressed, and empowers them to actually do something about it. How wonderful is that?


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