Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy

Light the Torch and LEAD
June 12 – 15, 2016
at Nicholls State University

 Sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business


Keynote Speaker, Shiza Shahid, co-founder of The Malala Fund

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy Closing Ceremonies

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO.  Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur and advocate focused on leveraging philanthropy, innovation and the media for poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment.

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Why Light the Torch and Lead?

The vision of the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy (LGLA) is to develop high potential leaders in community and public service through responsible citizenship. Girls entering grades 9 – 11 in their upcoming school year will network with peers and be mentored by experienced women to develop knowledge and skills for future leadership roles. This is an overnight camp that is highly hands on and full of adventures and surprises!

LGLA program focus:
• Communication
• Situational Leadership
• Public Service and Responsible Citizenship
• Current Issues in Louisiana public policy

LGLA will include an annual Leadership Service Project. The 2016 Academy Leadership Service Project will focus on Energy and the Environment.


Who Can Attend?

Girls entering grades 9 – 11 in the 2016-2017 school year. LGLA participants will be selected by a committee of the LCWG Leadership Councils.

Acceptance is a selective process. Application fee is $75. This fee will be refunded if the applicant is not chosen to attend LGLA.

If the applicant is chosen to attend LGLA, there is no additional fee to attend. We hoping that this is an incentive for young women to apply.

Application Process

Acceptance to LGLA is a selective process.The following criteria will be considered:
1) participation in service and leadership organizations in school, community or church;
2) offices held in organizations;
3) honors and awards received;
4) school GPA (minimum 2.6);
5) one letter of recommendation; and
6) a student essay on “Why I should be a leader selected for LGLA” (150 words).

Application Checklist

1) One letter of recommendation from nominator (teacher, staff, community leader, etc.)

2) Resumé with a complete list of extra-curricular activities from August 2014- present and school GPA

3) Student essay

4) Application form

5) Application fee $75 (payable to Nicholls State University)

  • Mail to Continuing Education, P.O. Box 2119, Thibodaux, LA 70310

Quick Links


LGLA 2015 Speakers & Presenters

The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business

Medical Form 2018 (pdf)


A day at the Governor's Mansion where the girls learned how to find careers in our state from Louisiana Workforce Commission and heard from their public servant, Rep. Karen St. Germain

If you have already sent in your paper application, you can send your essay by email directly to: continuing.ed@nicholls.edu

Student Name (required)

Student's Phone

Your Email

Parent/Guardian Name (required)



State Zip


School Name

Grade Entering in Fall 2016

School Address


Guidance Counselor's Name




In this essay, tell us why you should be chosen to be a leader for this year's Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy


Office of Continuing Education

Location: at the corner of Ardoyne Drive and Madewood Drive
Phone: (985) 448-4444