Empowering young girls and women is a hugely relevant topic. Fueled by the early revolutionists of the 20th century, the lives of women in society have drastically shifted from what once was, even a hundred years ago. Teaching self-confidence, power and strength for women tomorrow starts with young girls today. At Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth (YFSHK), we’ve organized the Inspire Program to help young women in the 5th to 8th grades to better understand their worth and encourage a sense of sisterhood.
The Importance of Sisterhood
Teasing and careless comments are a regular part of the middle school experience – whether adults want to believe it or not. Murmurs of unpopular fashion choices, hairstyles, even hygiene occur on a daily basis – in the hallways and at lockers, in the classroom before the teacher arrives, at sporting events or even in small groups in the cafeteria. During middle school years, girls are facing a tremendous amount of both physical and emotional changes. Break-ups and crushes, periods and puberty, a fear of being left out, more challenging homework and assignments, plus whatever else is going on at home.
Our job as adults, mentors, educators, family, and members of the community is not to just teach girls not to bully or speak up when they feel a classmate is being treated badly – our job is to teach them to build each other up.
At YFSHK, we’ve developed and sponsored the Inspire Program to do just that. Students will discuss a variety of topics focused on friendship, health, and positive choices. The goal of this group is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and confident. We target specific challenges that middle school girls face and teach them how to rise up to meet obstacles with compassion and respect. Participants will take part in group discussions and activities such as arts and crafts, games, fitness, and making new friends to boost self-esteem and increase an enhanced sense of sisterhood, kindness and support.
The Inspire Program meets after school hours on Mondays from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. If you would like to know more the Inspire Program, about our youth programs or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.