Girls’ Empowerment movement still seeking donations
All nighter designed to inspire bold leaders
Donations are still needed for a night aimed at boosting the self-esteem of close to 200 teen girls.
Westwood Sr. High School in Hudson will host the event Girls Night In next week, but teachers Ali Welik and Kelly Tellier say they’re still seeking donations of small gifts such as nail polish, hand creams or hair clips, for example, food donations or even cash that can help cover the evening’s costs.
The Feb. 28 event will be open to girls in grades 9, 10 and 11.
Though each participant will pay a $45 fee to attend the sleepover being held at the school, Welik says the registration funds will be used to pay for a guest speaker, workshops like self-defense and Zumba classes, as well as buying food and drinks for more than 100 participants, who will also receive a T-shirt and flip-flops.
The teachers have even purchased some supplies out of their own pockets, while other teachers have sponsored attendance costs for girls who could otherwise not afford to participate.
Guest speaker Kate Whitfield, of Fearlessly Girl, an internationally recognized leadership and empowerment program committed to inspiring young women to be authentic and bold leaders, will talk to the girls about having a healthy body image and healthy relationships, as well as about online safety.
Another workshop will deal with human trafficking, while the school’s Alumni Girls Seminar members will run a workshop on bullying.
A station titled «Warm Fuzzies» will give girls the opportunity to write anonymous compliments to other participants. The compliments will be placed in personalized bags so that at the end of the evening each girl will go away with a bag of kind words.
“We will also be distributing little bags full of plastic beads, the idea is to exchange these friendship beads amongst each other to end up with a colourful friendship bracelet at the end of the event,” said a clearly enthusiastic Welik.
“We are trying to promote an atmosphere of friendship and community... by providing an evening where they can bond with one another and develop relationships with each other we want to empower our girls and inspire them to be
strong and confident.”
Many of the young women are part of a leadership group that has been meeting twice a week all year to plan positive events. Such events included an anti-bullying day, a make-up free day, and the ongoing Be Kind movement, where students write positive messages to each other on paper covered walls. Negative messages left on the paper are simply removed.
Anyone wanting to donate products, food or more can contact the school, Welik or Tellier. The names and logos of all sponsors will be showcased in information packages being distributed by the organizers.
For information or to make a donation, call Westwood Sr. at 514 798-4900.