Tween Summit 2014

That's right—we're getting ready to choose 36 girls to attend our 2014 Girls Leadership Summit in California and help us create future issues of Discovery Girls magazine! No matter which state or province you live in, you're invited to apply!

We are accepting questionnaires from now through April 15—read the details and get started now!

IMPORTANT UPDATE (Jan 22, 2014): We now have 2 versions of the Questionnaire. The schedules for each are as follows:

Original Questionnaire/Version 1: Submit by Monday, February 3.

New Questionnaire/Version 2: Submit anytime between February 4 and April 15.

We are in search of 36 Discovery Girls from ALL states and Canada to:

  • Learn leadership skills and discuss issues important to all girls!
  • Brainstorm new ideas for the magazine
  • Write articles and share stories
  • Model for the magazine and have a chance to be on the cover
  • Make lots of new friends and have tons of fun!

Before you fill out your questionnaire, do these things:

  • IMPORTANT: Let your parents know you want to apply, and ask them to read the information on this page, especially the "For Parents" section below. You will need their consent to apply.
  • Read all the details about participating below!
  • Follow the tips to put together a great questionnaire!

More Details

What is a Discovery Girl?

We consider all of our readers “Discovery Girls”—girls who are curious, strong, and enthusiastic about becoming the very best they can be. We also feature several girls in each issue of the magazine who are our Discovery Girls for that issue. We used to visit a different state for each issue and work with our Discovery Girls from that state to put together the issue. Last year, we held our first Discovery Girls Summit. Thirty-six girls came to California for a 3-day summit, during which they learned leadership skills, attended photo shoots, worked with our editors to brainstorm ideas for the magazine, and had tons of fun! It was a huge success, so we’re doing it again in 2014!

Does that mean girls from every state can apply?

That’s right! You no longer have to wait until we’re visiting your state or province to be considered—no matter where you live in the United States or Canada, you can apply! Keep in mind, though, that we’ll only be holding one Summit in 2014. We won’t be selecting Discovery Girls again until 2015, so don’t miss out!

When and where will the Discovery Girls Summit be held?

The Summit will be held in the San Francisco Bay area. Details on the exact location will be sent to the girls who are chosen to attend. There will be two 3-day sessions in July. If you are chosen, you will need to be available to come to California during this time period. (If you are chosen, we will let you know exact dates when you are notified).

Who can apply?

All girls who live in the United States and Canada who are between the ages of 8 and 12.

When is the deadline to apply?

We're accepting applications until April 15, 2014.

When will girls find out if they were chosen?

Girls will be notified by the end of May.

Interested? Start here.

IMPORTANT: Before you can submit an application, your parents must complete our consent process. Ask them to read the details in the "For Parents" section below. 

While you're waiting for your parents to complete the consent process, read questionnaires and deadlines, and the photos you'll need below. You can start working on your questionnaire answers now! Good luck!


Tips on Filling Out the Questionnaire

Tip #1: Think Hard About Your Answers, and Don’t Forget the Details! We really want to get to know you, so think carefully about your answers and remember to include details. For example, if your dream is to become a pediatrician, tell us why. You play five sports? What have you learned about yourself from playing each one? Are there days when you feel discouraged...or inspired? Don't be afraid to let your personality shine through in your answers—help us get to know the REAL you!

Tip #2: Remember: There Are No "Wrong" Answers. This isn't a test--we just want to know what you think. Even if you are not chosen for the summit, your answers will help us make Discovery Girls as relevant and helpful as it can be.

Tip #3: Write Your Answers in a Separate Word Doc. Write your answers out in a separate Word document (or any type of text file on your computer). When the application process opens, you’ll need to cut and paste them into the web form.

Tip #4: Photos Are a Must! Remember to submit three recent photos of yourself! Without photos, we can't consider you to be a Discovery Girl, no matter how well you've answered the questions! You can also send us photos of projects or crafts you've made—we'd love to see them. There's even a place on the questionnaire where you can share links to things like online videos or your blog or web site. Those things are all optional—but we MUST have three photos of you!

The Questionnaire

VERY IMPORTANT: This year, we have so many questions that we want to ask you that we’re using two versions of the questionnaire. Here are the schedules for these versions:


Submit by February 3.


Submit between February 4 and April 15.

All eligible girls who apply, regardless of which questionnaire they submit, will be considered for the summit. 


ORIGINAL Questionnaire/Version 1

IMPORTANT: If you plan to submit your questionnaire after Monday, February 3, please use the New Questionnaire/Version 2 instead.

We are accepting this version of the questionnaire through February 3.

  1. What are your dreams for yourself in the future? How do you plan on making your mark on the world? If you’re passionate about one particular thing, tell us how being involved in it makes you feel.
  2. What quote or saying inspires you and why? This quote could be one you’ve made up or something well-known such as “To the world you are one person, but to one person you might just be the world.”
  3. Imagine being the editor of Discovery Girls! It’s your job to make the magazine so exciting it’s the best magazine for girls ever. What would you put in the magazine? What would you take out? What would you write on the front cover that all girls would want to read about?
  4. Do you think the media is wrong when they show “popular” girls as mean or snobby? What are the popular girls like at your school? Have you ever wished you were more popular? Why or why not?
  5. Have you ever been jealous of a friend? Were you able to get over your jealousy? How?
  6. Has there ever been a time when you stood up for yourself, someone else, or just for what was right? Or has there been a time when you wanted to stand up for someone (or yourself) but were afraid to? What happened?
  7. Technology (texting, instant messaging, social networking apps) has changed the way people communicate. Do you think this is hurting kids your age, helping them, or both? How?
  8. What is the most important thing you have learned from a family member (mom, dad, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle)? How did it help you?
  9. What book or article that you’ve read has had the biggest impact on you? Why?
  10. Optional: What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever been through? How did you get through it? What did you learn from the experience?

NEW Questionnaire/Version 2

We are accepting this version of the questionnaire from February 4 through April 15.

  1. What are your dreams for yourself in the future? What steps are you taking now to make your dreams true? If you’re passionate about one particular thing, tell us how being involved in it makes you feel.
  2. What personality trait do you have that really like about yourself? How does it help you? What trait makes things more difficult for you? What (if anything) are you doing to change it?
  3. What quote or saying inspires you and why? This quote could be one you’ve made up or something well-known such as “To the world you are one person, but to one person you might just be the world.”
  4. Do you ever compare yourself to other girls? If you can, give us an example of a) a time when comparing yourself helped you in some way and b) another time when comparing yourself just hurt you or made you feel bad about yourself.
  5. What article or story from Discovery Girls had a big impact on you? What was it, and how did it change your thinking?
  6. Has there ever been a time when you stood up for yourself, someone else, or just for what was right? OR…tell us about a time when you wanted to stand up for someone (or yourself) but were afraid to.
  7. Have you ever done something that made someone stop trusting you, or really hurt someone’s feelings (even if you didn’t mean to)? What did you do to fix it? Has anyone ever damaged your trust in them or really hurt you? What happened?
  8. Talk to your mom about what things were like when she was your age. What was her biggest challenge? What pressures did she face? What was the hardest thing for her to talk to her parents about? Is this very different from your life? How?
  9. What do you and your dad do to keep your relationship close? If you’re not close, what could you or your dad change to make it better?  
  10. If you’ve ever had a teacher or a coach inspire you, tell us what they did or said and how it affected you.
  11. When we were writing our new book, Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up, a lot of girls told us, “I try not to think negative thoughts about myself, but they always come back. How do I stop them for good?” If a friend asked you this, what advice would you give her?
  12. Optional: What’s the most difficult thing that’s happened to you? How did you get through it and what did you learn?

Photos You'll Need

You will need to include three photos of yourself:
  1. Head Shot (close-up photo of you from the shoulders up)
  2. Mid Shot (photo of you from the waist up)
  3. Wide Shot (full-body photo of you)
Optional Items
  • Additional photos (up to 2)—these can be more photos of you or photos of crafts or projects that you've made.
  • Link to a video or a blog (or both!) that you've made.

IMPORTANT: Each photo must be at least 100 KB in size (4 MB max) and must be either a jpeg or png.

Information for Parents

Before your daugher can submit an application to our 2014 Girls' Leadership Summit, we MUST have your permission to collect personal information from her. This information will include her name, email address, birthdate, state or province, photos of her, and her answers to the list of questions on our questionnaire. The information your child submits will not be made publicly available or shared with any third parties. It will only be used within Discovery Girls, Inc., for the sole purpose of allowing your child to participate in the selection process for the 2014 Girls' Leadership Summit. If your child is selected and chooses to participate, you will need to sign additional releases. 

To begin the parental authorization process:

1. Request a consent confirmation code below

2. You will receive an email from us with a randomly generated consent confirmation code. You may use this code to begin the application process below

3. If at any time you wish to revoke consent and request that we delete your child's information, instructions how to do so will be in the confirmation email you are sent.


The deadline for questionnaires to be submitted for this stop has passed (Tuesday, April 15, 2014).

Selection Status

All our Discovery Girls for this stop have been selected. Thanks to all who applied!

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