2018 TENTATIVE Program Dates: July 15 - 21, 2017 (to be confirmed in November)

Location: Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are female residents of Howard County entering the 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018. Applicants should have some previous experience in leading her peers, a willingness to try new experiences in a safe environment, and a desire to serve her community.

Description: At this unique program, each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and weaknesses in a supportive and fun environment, which fosters increased self-esteem and confidence. This program is tailored to meet the needs and experiences of girls in middle and high school. Graduates of Journey are equipped with leadership skills, tools, and motivation to enhance their schools and communities.

 Daily activities include: 

  •          Workshops on topics such as  empowerment and motivation, communication, decision making skills, group dynamics, self-awareness, and healthy relationships.
  •          Small and large group projects for girls to apply and get feedback on their leadership and interpersonal skills
  •          One-on-one interactions between staff and girls to address specific areas of growth for the individual and identify an action plan for post-site implementation
  •          Recreational activities such as team building games and activities, including a Confidence Course

 Tuition: $TBD

Registration: will open in early January, 2018


Support for this program has been provided by the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County.



Journey Leadership Camp for Howard County Middle-School Girls

The Journey Summer Camp was held from July 13th through 19th on the picturesque campus of Washington College in Chestertown, MD on the Eastern Shore. Twenty-four rising 8th and 9th grade girls from Howard County were selected to attend the camp’s eighth year.The week was full of many different program components, including a series of leadership and discussion workshops as well as projects, presentations and activities focused on celebrating inner and outer beauty. The girls were engaged in discussions and throughout the week impressed the staff with their leadership development and increased understanding of what it means to be a woman in society.One of the most meaningful activities occurred mid-week. Delegates described how they perceived themselves and were then asked to share how they perceived each other. In the words of one participant: "There were so many tears. We realized that people look at us and see someone who is beautiful and inspirational. And none of us thought about ourselves like that."

For Capstone, the girls had the opportunity to look at profiles of incredible women leaders in Howard County and they select five to honor at the WGC Journey Tea in August. For Community Project, they researched non-profits in Howard County and developed a fundraiser proposal for the Young Women’s Giving Circle.Asked to describe the overall experience, one delegate put it simply: "Really life-changing."


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As a non-profit organization, MLW relies on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to provide our programs at a below market cost so that any student may attend regardless of ability to pay the tuition. Your donation provides scholarship support so that more students experience the MLW magic.