Sadie Nash Leadership Project


At Sadie Nash we believe that all young women and gender-expansive youth are leaders NOW! Summer Institute gives participants (who we call Nashers) the opportunity  to explore their current and future leadership while building a strong community with other Nashers.

Summer Institute is an award-winning 6-week summer program for self-identified young women and gender-expansive youth currently attending  high school. Throughout the program, Nashers question and redefine traditional notions of leadership by engaging in courses about society, identity, social justice, and other topics designed to foster critical thinking and a sense of community.

Every week Nashers participate in workshops, attend field trips, and meet accomplished women leaders in order to strengthen their connections to each other, to learn more about their leadership, and to equip them with tools to transform their communities, their lives and their world.


  • Summer Institute is an intensive 6-week program that will run from July 8, 2019 – August 16, 2019 Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 4:30pm.
  • The program is open to all young women and gender-expansive youth in high school who live in New York City and Newark, NJ. We have sites in Brooklyn, Long Island City/ Queens, Manhattan, and Newark, New Jersey.
  • All participants receive a weekly stipend and unlimited metrocard
  • The program includes social justice classes, field trips, workshops, and meeting women leaders.


Sadie Nash is committed to diversity and inclusion, meaning we serve all self-identified young women and gender-expansive youth (this includes young people who identify as trans, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming). There are no academic or skill criteria for admission into our programs. You must live in New York City or Newark, NJ and be enrolled in high school.


We hope you consider applying to Summer Institute! The application cycle for Summer Institute is Now Open: