Worcester County “Just For Girls” Program

Worcester County “Just For Girls” Program


NOW 800 3 1 3 0 2 3 6 WITH SO MANY INFLUENCES THESE DAYS AND KIDS BEING YANKED AND SO MANY DIRECTIONS I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY GROWING UP IN THESE TIMES IS HARD SO WE HEAR ABOUT PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN THROUGH THE TRANSITION WE WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THEM HERE TO DO THAT OR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER WITH THE WORCESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. WE’VE GOT TRAVIS BROWN. THANKS FOR BEING HERE AND FORMER PROGRAM PARTICIPANT MCKAYLA PURNELL. THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS FOR BEING HERE. SO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE JUST FOR GIRLS PROGRAM WHAT IS IT? SO IT IS A ABSTINENCE EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT ALSO BUILDS AND A LOT OF DIFFERENT LIFE SKILLS. ONE OF THE MAIN FOCUSES IS REALLY ON HELPING GIRLS WHO ARE IN THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADE LEARN SELF-ESTEEM STRATEGIES LEARN A LITTLE BIT OF SELF EMPOWERMENT AND JUST OVERALL MAKE GOOD CHOICES THERE’S A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT PROGRAMS RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A SUMMER PROGRAM. WE ALSO HAVE EDUCATION THAT GOES ON THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE HAVE SOME WONDERFUL COORDINATORS FOR THAT. IT’S REALLY JUST ABOUT HELPING GIRLS DURING LIKE YOU SAID THAT VERY DIFFICULT TIME AND THERE’S A BIG NEED FOR THIS PROGRAM RIGHT. LOVELY. YES IT’S SOMETHING WHERE WE LIKE TO HAVE PEOPLE COME IN AND IT CAN BE VERY SCARY DURING THAT SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADE THING I REMEMBER IT WAS TRAUMATIZING FOR ME TOO. SO WE HAVE A FANTASTIC COORDINATOR NAMED DON RICHARDSON. SHE TEACHES LIFE STRATEGIES. WE USE EVIDENCE BASED CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION THAT’S PART OF PROMOTING HEALTH AMONG TEEN TEENS WE HAVE THE ALL STARS PROGRAM AND LIFE SKILLS ALL KIND OF BOILED INTO THAT CURRICULUM. I CAN IMAGINE IF I WAS THAT AGE I WOULD HAVE LOVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I MEAN IT’S FANTASTIC AND I THINK YOU HAVE HAD A PRETTY GOOD EXPERIENCE TELL US ABOUT THAT. SO I JOINED JUST FOR GIRLS PROBABLY IS DIFFERENT NOW THE AGE GROUPS ARE DIFFERENT YOU CAN JOIN THE PROGRAM BUT FOR ME NOW THAT AS I AM AN ADULT LOOKING BACK ON MY DEVELOPMENT I’VE STARTED RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT THERE ARE MULTIPLE ROLE PLAYERS RIGHT. SO A LOT OF TIMES WHEN WE’RE THINKING ABOUT A CHILD’S BEHAVIOR WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE PARENTS AND THE FAMILY NOT RECOGNIZING THAT SCHOOL AND OTHER YOU KNOW PARTICIPANTS HAVE A ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILD SO JUST FOR GIRLS WAS AN EXTENSION OF WHAT I WAS LEARNING FROM MY FAMILY RIGHT. SO IT WAS AN OUTLET. IT WAS GUIDANCE IT WAS ALWAYS THESE THINGS BECAUSE THERE’S SO MANY PARTS OF THE PROGRAM NOT ONLY IS IT ABSTINENCE BUT THERE WERE THE FINANCIAL PART YES THERE WERE TRIPS EDUCATION LESSONS ALL TYPES OF THINGS RIGHT. SO FOR ME THAT HELPED TO LAY THE FOUNDATION GOING INTO HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES WE WANT TO FOCUS ON GIRLS WE DO IT TOO LATE. SO WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS ONCE AND LIKE A HEALTH CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT REALLY THEY SHOULD BE GETTING THAT EXPOSURE A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER. SO MIDDLE SCHOOL KIND OF GOT ME ESPECIALLY JUST FOR GIRLS BEING COMFORTABLE WITH TALKING IN GROUP SETTINGS SO NOW IS A LOT EASIER FOR ME TO TALK LIKE RIGHT NOW. YES BUT COMFORTABLE WITH SPEAKING IN GROUPS THAT SETTINGS BEING MORE OPEN TO WHAT’S GOING ON WITH YOU AND SHARING THAT NOT ONLY WITH YOUR LEADERS BUT WITH OTHER GIRLS. SO YOUR GRACE’S SUCCESS STORY LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT WHO CAN PARTICIPATE AND THE KIND OF PROGRAM DETAILS. SURE. SO IT’S ANY GIRLS IN WORCESTER COUNTY SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADE THERE ARE GONNA A DIFFERENT HOST OF DIFFERENT LEARNING MODULES THERE IS GONNA BE TEAM BUILDING EXERCISES THERE WILL BE VARIETY OF FIELD TRIPS JUST FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM. LIKE I SAID THERE’S ALSO CONTINUING JUST FOR GIRL STUFF THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM IF YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN IN IT IS FREE YOU CAN VISIT WITH YOUR HEALTH ORG WHICH IS OUR WEB SITE. YOU CAN CALL AT 4 1 0 6 3 2 ELEVEN HUNDRED JUST ASK ABOUT JUST FOR GIRLS. WELL THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TODAY AND FOR AN AWESOME

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