Destira + Girls Leadership

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Introducing Girls Leadership

Headquartered in Oakland, CA, Girls Leadership is a national nonprofit that teaches girls to exercise the power of their voice through programs grounded in social emotional learning.

They offer programs for girls, workshops for families, and professional development training for teachers, guidance counselors, and non-profit staff — and we’re working together to develop programming for coaches and gym owners, too.

The Power of Our Partnership

We at Destira envision a near-future wherein strong, self-empowered athletes feel confident in assuming leadership roles during their time in gymnastics, and beyond. Every item we deliver is backed by empowering messages about friendship, positivity, and being yourself, but we know that there is more to developing your child’s confidence and leadership skills than their gym apparel.

For nearly 20 years, Girls Leadership has been working to understand and address the internal and external barriers to leadership for girls, teaching the skills at the foundation of a person's voice, leadership, and power, as well as the social norms that can hold girls back.

The sport of gymnastics brings so many valuable lessons and skills to our athletes beyond the awe-inspiring physical feats of the sport. We are so excited to be partnering with Girls Leadership to extend and deepen our actions toward empowering girls, by encouraging and facilitating access to Girls Leaderships’ researched and tested programming to the gymnastics community, and by working together to develop customized curriculum built for the gymnastics environment.

You can be involved too. You can help make the difference. 

How to be involved as a Gym Owner or Coach?

  1. Girls Leadership provides programming for adults to help build awareness and environments for young girls to be seen, valued, and supported. Girls Leadership and Destira are partnering up to host Brave Space Groundwork Workshops. Learn more here...
  2. Become a Destira affiliate member to fundraise for your gym and Girls Leadership by promoting the All Kinds of Powerful leotard and Grip Bag through your unique link! Sign up here.
  3. Join the Girls Leadership newsletter to learn more about virtual and in person classes for your girls. Sign up here.

How to be involved as a Gymnast or Parent?

During a time when elite gymnasts are calling for leadership to do better to protect girls, Destira and Girls Leadership are leading the charge to make gyms a safe, supportive space, where girls’ voices become as strong as their muscles. Starting October 7, 2021, a special collection of Destira + Girls Leadership “All Kinds of Powerful” leotards and grip bags will be available for sale. 25% of all proceeds from this partnership will fund workshops for the gymnastics coaching community on how to foster safe, healthy environments where girls speak up for themselves and their teammates.  Shop the Leotard...

Learn more about the Girls Leadership Mission, History, Philosophy, and Programming here, on their website.