Middle School girls gather daily for a week-long program from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Small groups of girls work with facilitators (College and High School young women) who create a safe place for open sharing. Both large group and small group interactions occur. Outside professionals lead the group in yoga, dance, self-defense, exercise and outreach activities. Different colored T-shirts identify each separate group. During the week leaders address tough issues through art, music, writing, role playing and sharing.
The creative arts provide a way for the girls to express their inner self through artistic expression This results in psychological and emotional learning and healing.
Music is a whole body experience where every part of the body responds: feeling the beat, hearing the sounds and rhythm, and interpreting the words. Music can alter the girls’ mood, provide relaxation, stimulate energy and create an avenue for expression.
Writing is a powerful tool to examine oneself through prose, poetry, or metaphor.
This activity expands the mind and allows the girls to reflect on their thoughts and activities, which helps uncover meaning in their experiences.
Giving voice to something written is a pathway to being authentic.
The girls are able to share themselves in an accepting and loving environment,. Small groups allow trust to be more easily built. Once trust occurs, the girls feel comfortable in being themselves.
It is important for the girls to move their bodies as exercise is so important for good health.
The girls dance, run, practice yoga, and walk. These activities keep the girls balanced and energetic.