Step to Leadership: Empowering through Education at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) opens the night of Wednesday, May 31, with a showing of Step, a documentary that takes us inside the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) to follow the all-girls public charter school’s step team as the members navigate their senior year of high school.
Following the film, AAUW’s Senior Vice President of Fellowships and Programs Gloria Blackwell will sit down with Chevonne Hall and Paula Dofat of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) for a conversation on the lessons behind Step and the power of education. Read more about these inspiring educators below and sign up for NCCWSL before registration closes on April 30.
Chevonne Hall joined the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women as its principal in July 2015. Prior to being appointed as principal, Hall served as a program evaluator for school performance and effectiveness in the Office of Achievement and Accountability with Baltimore City Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Spelman College, a master’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies from Brooklyn College, a certificate in nonprofit management from Columbia Business School, and completed postgraduate studies in educational leadership and administration at the College of Saint Rose.
Paula Dofat has more than 15 years of experience in youth development programming and college counseling and is the current director of college counseling at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW). In this position, she created and continues to develop and grow the college counseling department for grades 6–12 using innovative, cutting-edge techniques. She was a first-generation college graduate who attributes her drive and success as a reaction to the lack of guidance she received as a graduating high school senior. Dofat believes this experience prepared her for her current role and considers her position a divine call from God. She touts a 100 percent college acceptance rate for the last three graduating classes and a 99 percent college enrollment rate for the class of 2017, with 10 percent of graduates receiving full-ride scholarships to college.