Our Girl Boss program was adapted from entrepreneurship classes at the MIT Sloan School of Management. The program is based on research from the World Bank and World Economic Forum that identified critical skills sought after by employers as well as input from girls globally through a 14-country survey of over 500 girls and input from over 100 girls interning on our Girl Squads.
The foundation of our programs is our Girl Boss Mindsets & Skills, 10 core entrepreneurial and work-readiness skills, which have been specifically identified to equip adolescent girls to take charge of their futures and successfully transition from school to work.
Foundational program where girls are introduced to entrepreneurial education and the Girl Boss Mindsets and Skills. Girls apply these skills to their lives after school, learning to plan for their futures and advocate for themselves.
20 hours of facilitated content
20 hours of independent work
Upper Primary and Secondary Schools, 12+
(personal and future plans)
Mindsets and Skills
Entrepreneurial and work-readiness mindsets and skills specifically identified to equip adolescent girls to take charge of their future and successfully transition from school to work. These core mindsets and skills are actively developed across all Girl Boss programming.
The practice of identifying unique opportunities or seeing and experiencing problems as opportunities to create solutions.
The ability to solve real-world problems using logic and reasoning to identify solutions, consider their strengths and weaknesses, and choose the most appropriate solution.
CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING
The positive belief in oneself and one's ability to make decisions and achieve their goals in life.
The capacity to move forward with decisions or actions despite uncertainty and obstacles.
The ability to accurately identify personal strengths and growth areas through self-reflection and feedback.
The ability to change actions and plans to overcome challenges even if it requires additional effort or learning new skills.
The understanding that there are socially determined differences between men and women based on learned behavior, and the ability to use this understanding to reverse unfavorable treatments experienced due to gender.
The ability to clearly express ideas to an intended audience, including being able to persuade and negotiate with others.
The attitude of feeling responsible and motivated to pursue goals for the future with a focus on obtaining the required skills and knowledge.
Identifying and building a relationship with others to receive encouragement, knowledge, resources, or opportunities to achieve personal and professional goals.
Methodology and Frameworks
Hugely unequal labor force participation rates show that around the world, adolescent girls are not able to take charge of their professional futures. Launch Girls applies entrepreneurship education with a gender lens to help girls transition from school to work. Entrepreneurship Education focuses on developing entrepreneurial competencies - mindsets and skills - that will allow girls to succeed in the future.