Giving girls power at South Queens Middle School

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Empowering girls is the focus of a new group in Queens County.

South Shore Regional School Board Student Support Worker, Shelly Whynot started a "Powerful Girls" Group, which promotes self-esteem, creating a positive self-image, handling peer pressure, health and fitness, leadership and team building skills.

"Powerful girls grow up feeling secure. They learn to take action, making positive choices about their own lives and doing positive things for others," says Whynot. "They think critically about the world around them. They express their feelings and acknowledge the feelings and thoughts of others in caring ways. Powerful girls feel good about themselves and grow up with a “can-do” attitude."

With the financial help from the Teen Access Zone they were able to provide these girls with new experiences. 

In the past Whynot has provided schools with girls group workshops, but noticed was they were missing the hands on activities that allowed them to experience new things.

"The reality is that if you want to provide opportunities for students you need the monies to make it happen. I'm thankful to The Teen Access Zone for providing us the funds and believing in our girls," she says.

  Some of the activities included, Fishing, Gardening at Cosby's Garden Centre, Learn how to change a tire/oil and Kayaking.

This program has been extended into the fall months thanks to South Shore Health.

Organizations: Garden Centre

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