Overview

Ms President US is a non-partisan, non-profit, community-based initiative, dedicated to inspiring and preparing girls to aim for the highest civic leadership positions and know they can achieve them.

Goals:

  1. To teach girls the importance of female involvement in public service, the responsibility it entails, and the opportunity it provides.
  2. To impart exemplary values in future leaders – values that unite, uplift and inspire regardless of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.


Enrolled Girls will ….

  • Explore their own potential to lead, enhance skills, & expand knowledge of what it takes to be a leader.
  • Learn about local, state, and federal leadership opportunities.
  • Hear from local and state leaders.
  • Give (or contribute to) a campaign speech, complemented by their choice of creative expression.


Program Description:

  • Open to all girls in Ridgefield in 4th through 8th grade.  See note below for invitation to girls who live outside of Ridgefield.
  • Sessions are held once a month, on a Friday from 4:30–6pm, at Ridgefield Library or Keeler Tavern Museum.
  • Sessions will be led by community and state leaders and will include fun, interactive activities. Each session will include a mini lesson plan and a takeaway message.
  • In the spring 2018, girls will begin to prepare their campaign for “Ms. President US of Ridgefield” using their choice of media or art, and addressing at least 1 issue (school start time, anti-bullying, etc.).
  • In the final session on May 6, 2018 at The Ridgefield Playhouse, girls will give their campaign speech and show their display/presentation. All program participants will then vote for the winner.
  • The girl with the top score among all the ballots submitted will be elected Ms President US of Ridgefield.
  • The girl who wins will “hold office” for 1 year until the next girl is elected. During her “administration” she will be invited to attend, participate and/or speak at Ridgefield community events.
  • Girl Scouts badge/credit eligible.

Session Topics:

  • Civic Leadership / Public Service
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Women’s History and Leadership
  • Public Speaking, Diplomacy & Listening Skills
  • Communications & Media
  • Meet & Greet Local Leaders
  • State Capitol Visit

 

Parent Orientation 2017-2018  (presentation)