Porter's LEADS, programs for middle schoolers

Porter’s LEADS inspires girls to become comfortable with their personal power.

Porter’s LEADS is a series of programs for middle school girls in grades 5 through 8. The LEADS workshops offer unique ways to engage and introduce participants to the competencies and skills necessary to begin their journeys as leaders–locally, globally, and for a lifetime.

Global Advocacy 101: Virtual Conference

In this one-day, virtual event, middle school girls will be introduced to the social change sector, systems of oppression, and the power of consensus-building.

Program facilitators will include ChangeMaker’s Institute Co-founder and Lead Facilitator, Cat Lindroth ‘04, and high school students enrolled in the ChangeMaker’s Institute. They will demonstrate the value of collective impact through conversation and problem-solving.

Participants will identify issues they are passionate about and connect with other girls who are equally passionate about making change, all while learning how to create solutions that address systems of oppression using consensus-building. Students will leave this event feeling empowered, inspired and ready to take action in their communities!

DATE: May 27, 2023

TIME: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET

COST: Free!

WHERE: Anywhere in the world with internet!

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Porter’s LEADS Challenges are a fun way for middle school students to engage virtually with Porter’s academic and signature programs. Challenges spark creativity and engage girls’ critical thinking skills! 

Challenges are released via email on the first of each month, February through April, and submissions are due on the 30th of each month. Challenge submissions are accepted by email. The winner will be notified on the 10 of the following month and will receive a Porter’s Summer Swag Bag! 

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Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr.

Porter’s LEADS is excited to host Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. for a full day, in-person hackathon for middle school girls. At this event, students will actively collaborate with high school mentors, computer programming teachers, and representatives from a local nonprofit to explore solutions to real-world, local issues. They will also learn to do good in their communities as they mature as leaders. 

Participants will design, prototype, and code a smartphone app with MIT App Inventor software. They will also learn about the business of nonprofit organizations, how to apply technology to pressing problems in communities, and how to collaboratively brainstorm and implement a plan and prototype in a short period of time. 

No prior coding experience is necessary! We encourage students to push their learning comfort zones and engage with the world of computer science for a greater good.

Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr., Hosted by Porter’s Leads

Date: Sunday, February 12, 2023 

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Cost: $50 / participant

Location: Riverview Lounge at Miss Porter’s School, CT