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“My two years of The Girls Empowerment Workshop were life changing. (Literally!) For the first time in my adolescent life I was surrounded by strong minded girls and women who provided me with a safe haven to share and discuss my beliefs, worries, and interests. We covered every topic imaginable; from sex, rape, suicide, drugs, self harm, to questions like “how do I use this tampon?”, and “is love even for real?”- and the most amazing part about it all was such a strong sense of healthy community. (And we had so much fun along the way!) I made friends I never would have made. I felt comfortable expressing a different perspective on topics I was passionate about. I learned a lot about women, a lot about myself, and a lot about being a member of a team. I saw girls sticking up for each other in class who knew each other solely from this program. I finally had the courage to discover and own my self worth- and I, for the first time ever, was proud to be a woman. Because of this program, I know that I am very smart, I am very strong, and I can absolutely do anything! Because of this program, I am truly empowered.”
“I was in The Girls’ Empowerment Workshop when I was in seventh and eighth grade and a mentor in ninth grade. As a junior in high school, I look back and wonder how different of a person I would be had I not gotten involved in the program. The Girls’ Empowerment workshop shaped me into the person I am today and I am so thankful to be a part of it, I learned how to handle challenges with dignity and strength. The workshops teach young women, locally and worldwide, that their potential is not defined by their gender. It taught me that I am not less than or greater than, but equal to men. The Girls’ Empowerment Workshop brings women, of all ages, together and uses the force of “girl power” to inspire women to stand up for themselves and others where there is injustice. After having been a part of this spectacular program, I am a better, stronger person who will teach other girls like me to respect themselves as well as others.”
“Junior high isn’t easy… This was not a place where I felt comfortable or confident. Luckily I ended up joining the Girls Empowerment group. I was allowed to be myself, to be vulnerable, to ask questions without fear of getting laughed at. Not only did I learn important practical information, but I also learned that having self confidence and being assertive are important parts of being a woman. The Girls Empowerment group helped me realize that I don’t have to belittle myself or act dumb because of my gender. These were invaluable lessons and I firmly believe that all girls should have access to a program as beneficial as this one. Sending empowered, self-assured young women into the world will lead to the betterment of society in the future.”
“The Girls Empowerment Workshop has changed the way I see myself. I am no longer picking myself apart. I feel much more confident now. I totally feel more empowered to speak my mind. I have noticed that over the years I allowed others to make decisions for me, it is time for me to be my own person and let others know exactly how I am feeling. I loved how real the class was. I loved how we could talk about everything. I felt so comfortable… and looked forward to it each week.” ~Rhiannon
“Before taking TGEW I was afraid of talking about my body, and taking care of myself and my needs. I understand what I want, and no longer feel guilty when I say no. I learned more in one class than I have learned in my 18 years.”
“I learned that girls need to stick together. We all have a lot in common, and could learn a lot about each other.”
“When I took this workshop, I was fourteen and wanted to please everyone all the time. Now I’m seventeen and I’m still struggling with how to be a strong woman. I hate my body some days. And I don’t love the person I am on other days. Sometimes these days overlap and it’s a rough one. But because of several incredibly strong women I’ve been lucky to know and especially because of The Girls’ Empowerment Workshop, I can be more kind to myself and more kind to others. Because of the workshop, I am more self-aware and more knowledgeable about the things that are hurtful and unsafe for me and other girls. I know how to take care of myself better than I did.
“You girls are awesome! Our last girls group ends March 5th, I am inflamed it has ended so soon but am so lucky I’ve had a chance to take part in the workshop. I can now go out into the big bad world feeling bold and confident. Thank you for your wisdom and strength.”
“…we all felt more confident in ourselves after taking the class. I see girls who just don’t have any confidence in themselves, and this program is amazing. I think every girl should take it.”
Through the GEW I learned not only more about issues I was already concerned about (how women are portrayed in the media, how women are portrayed in life, and how we can do our best to challenge those stereotypes), but I rediscovered my own drive to fight harder for these issues than ever before.
“I thought it was brilliant. I’ve had a lot of friends who had eating disorders and emotional problems… you could ask questions about anything and they would answer you.”
I learned how to better protect myself by saying “no”
I learned how to be comfortable in my body
“This class was a complete learning experience… a very cool place to release thoughts and grow with wisdom. Thank you!”
“I absolutely loved this class! I feel proud of myself and empowered…I can say anything here without being judged.”
“This class made me realize how much self worth I have.”
“This class has taught me how to love myself. The most valuable lesson I learned is how to communicate with others and myself. I will be forever grateful for the workshop.”
“I learned to respect myself more, and to stand up for what I think is right even if I am standing alone.”
I was able to get out of an unhealthy relationship with a guy
because of what I learned in the assertiveness training.
I learned a lot of great life advice. One… I liked a lot was to treat yourself as you would a friend. I have really enjoyed this class.
I learned that I can be open to things and not hide from my peers
I learned how to be more confident about myself
I learned to express myself and not be afraid to ask questions
I learned that is as important to value myself as it is to value those I love.
In this class I learned how to respect myself. Even though all the girls come from different groups and ages, we all have similar problems and we can trust each other.
When you’re in this class with girls from the same school that you normally don’t talk to, you actually get a chance to learn more about them and open up and talk about anything.
I learned about how to stand up for myself and how to protect myself. Thank you for this program. It helped me a lot.
My favorite part of Girls Empowerment was answering anonymous questions. They made me realize even though I couldn’t tell by looking others, they have problems too.
It surprised me to see a big group of girls who never even knew each other come to know and trust one another.
Giving advice to all the girls was really great, especially when I have been in certain situations they are asking about.
I learned a lot about my friends and that all girls share a common ground.
I was able to ask questions because it was an all girls group. I was able to relax, so that I learn more.
This class helped me understand myself better, and helped me learn to stand up for myself, not be shy… I’m joining this class again! ~Diana
“I loved this class! It helps me feel comfortable about me and my body. I am so thankful for The Girls Empowerment.”
“I have done this class two times now, and after I do the class I feel super confident and happy.”