Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Leadership Academy

by Girls Leading Our World Association
With our guest speaker - Sasha Bezuhanova
With our guest speaker - Sasha Bezuhanova

Dear Friend,

With the help of your generous donation, Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Leadership Academy touched the lives of another 75 Bulgarian girls in 2014. GLOW continues to leave unforgettable memories and a desire for further self-development with our participants.  

The Academy included many diverse sessions dedicated to leadership, teamwork, effective communication, decision making and goal setting. Specifically, when Ms. Sasha Bezuhanova, Hewlett Packard's CEE Public Sector Director in Bulgaria, presented she shared valuable lessons for not only professional development but personal as well.  Addition highlights included: the “Gender roles” session held by Jeanie Hatcherson (Professor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Connecticut), where . the girls learned about educational programs provided by institutions such as the European Union, the United Nations, and  universities in the EU and U.S.

Every year, GLOW dedicates some of the sessions on personally development such as public speaking, goal setting, and organizational skills. One specifically session - . “Life Vision and Self Reflection,.” Using the power of positive thinking and visualizing their dreams, the girls learned how to stimulate their inner motivation to achieve their goals. Along with the educational sessions, there were daily meditation sessions and creative workshops, in addition to evening session..  Each evening, the participants enjoyed thematic nights and parties organized by the staff as a well-deserved fun and relaxation after a day of sessions. One of the most important aspects of the program was our social campaign called “Smiles for free” aimed at making the emotional climate in Veliko Tarnovo happier. While passing by through the local park, people from the community encountered five different stations organized by GLOW girls, each of them offering different activity such as drawing, reading, etc.

The Academy does not end with the conclusion of the activities during the one-week long camp. After all participants went home, they were asked to provide feedback and deeper evaluation of their experience so next year GLOW Leadership Academy can be even better. As a conclusion to this year’s camp and continuation to next year’s, GLOW has launched a competition for choosing the trainers for GLOW Leadership Academy 2015. By the end of November, 10 girls that took part in Academy this year, will be selected to come back next summer as trainers.  

Once again, we would like to thank you for supporting the GLOW Leadership Academy!


GLOW Bulgaria

The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos
The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos
Our sessions included lectures and games
Our sessions included lectures and games
A glimpse of our thematic evenings and parties
A glimpse of our thematic evenings and parties
The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos
The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos


Exercise is the Best Way to Start the Day
Exercise is the Best Way to Start the Day

We would like to give you a big thank you and an update on the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Leadership Academy. After a rigorous selection process that included 126 girls, 50 from 26 different villages and towns were chosen and for them, The Leadership Academy 2014 has started! The GLOW youth trainers have just completed their 3 day intensive training course and with excitement welcomed the 50 girls to the Academy!

Of course, this wouldn't be possible without the many generous donations from our valued and cherished donors. Once again we would like to give a massive and sincere thank you for making this possible! We have the privilege to see our girls transform in front of our eyes and this wouldn't be possible without you.

Our First Teamwork Activity
Our First Teamwork Activity
The Youth Trainers of GLOW Leadership Academy 2014
The Youth Trainers of GLOW Leadership Academy 2014
The final stage of the preparation phase of Girls Leading Our World Leadership Academy 2014 successfully embarked in April 2014 with the opening of the application process for the this year's participants. More than 5000 invitations were sent out to schools, non-governmental organizations and individuals working with young people in order to reach girls ages 14 to 18 years old from all parts of the country. The GLOW trainers also conducted 5 presentations in schools all over the country in desire to reach girls of different descents, interests and from different regions of Bulgaria.This year,  GLOW Bulgaria also has a nomination process through which people can recommend girls who they believe would be a good fit and who should be invited to apply for the GLOW Leadership Academy.
The organization's team of volunteers has been developing new lessons for the camper's manual, adding a variety of new topics. The manual is being written by our volunteer-experts from the Western Connecticut State University (USA) and the University of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), in order to best answer the current needs of the girls who will join the GLOW family this year.



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Girls Leading Our World Association

Location: Veliko Turnovo - Bulgaria
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Margarita Kaleynska
Veliko Turnovo, Veliko Turnovo Bulgaria

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