The Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy
Bronx, New York

Telling HERstory
Twice a week after school a group of 15 female GILPP students converge upon room 124 for the meeting of the young women's group "HERstory" led by Leadership Program facilitator, Quincy Koffel. Here they share their stories, explores their values, and build community through truly listening and being heard. This 60-visit character-development based after-school program employs community building, writing workshops and a creative output (an ethnographic theater production and a literary journal) to explore seven central themes: Identity, Those You Are Closest To, Body Image, Healthy Relationships, Dreams, Heritage and Legacy. The HERstory Club promotes healthy development for girls in two ways: by helping them build close relationships with their peers, to the program, and to their school; and secondly by empowering girls with opportunities to develop the strong moral character they need to succeed in school and in life. HERstory is designed as a preventative intervention that creates a safe space for the self-identity formation and promotion of social, emotional and academic skills essential to individual and collective character development and moral decision-making.

Main Contact
Ms. Quincy Koffel
Character Education Program Manager