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Every Girl Counts - Middle School Girls Leadership Group
This program invites 6, 7 & 8th grade girls to learn more about themselves, prepare for high school, and help them stay focused on a positive path for the rest of their lives. This is a FREE program and is offered to all MPH students. The events are held monthly during the school year at the MPH Cafeteria and sometimes include field trips off campus.
Students meet after school in the Cafeteria. The event usually starts off with a healthy snack and free time for the girls to unwind from their busy school day. Next, there are fun activities, crafts, informative speakers and /or exercises to teach the girls while also entertaining them. The program ends at 5:30pm. Parents will be expected to pick students up after the event.
The program is FREE!
This program is paid for by SIROW Fundraising and Grants from Soroptimist International and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
What they will Discover:
Program Summary for 2015-2016
Our September, 2015 program was entitled “Pretty in Pink” and centered on Breast Cancer Awareness. The girls listened to a couple of breast cancer survivor speakers, heard information about early testing and understanding of the disease, detection and cures. Then each girl was able to choose a bra to decorate with her own designs. The bras were displayed at our Quilt Walk and Breast Cancer event in late September and then again at our Tunes & TaTa’s event, which raised funds for women on our mountain to get mammograms. The girls were invited to join us for both events, and they had a wonderful and enthusiastic time at both programs. They have become terrific ambassadors within our community.
In October, 2015, we treated the girls to a mountain awareness afternoon, entitled “Hit the Trail”. Along with some of our club’s sports enthusiasts, the girls joined in for a hike and guided nature walk through a trail near Lake Arrowhead, where they learned to recognize and identify some of our local flora and fauna.
In November, 2015, we invited a few members of our law enforcement department to speak to the girls about personal safety in a program entitled “Safe and Strong”. They learned self protection techniques and how to be more aware and alert to their surroundings.
December, 2015 was a special favorite with our girls, where we encouraged them to celebrate the act of giving to others. Our program theme was “Crafty Girl” and the girls had the opportunity to fill mason jars with soup ingredients to be given out at our local “Meals on Wheels” program. They made handmade holiday cards for family and friends and decorated rag cloth picture frames and gifts.
While we never have a program in January, our February theme on personal finance was entitled “Show Me the Money”. The manager of one of our local banks was our guest speaker and spoke to the girls about opening savings accounts and beginning a lifetime of good financial management. The girls were given the opportunity to start a savings account with a $5.00 voucher, which EGC provided to each of them. In addition, they learned how to make out a check and decorated an oversized check, together with small boxes to be used as piggy banks.
In March the theme for the program on personal fitness and health, was entitled “The New You”. The girls were treated to a wonderful presentation about self image and fitness by a well known speaker who has worked 30 years in the field of foster care placement and working with troubled kids. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable in her approach to this age group. The girls enjoyed dancing to a song by Taylor Swift, did some yoga and heard information about programs here on our mountain designed to help girls reach out to others, earn community service hours for graduation and the opportunity to sign up for classes to fill their summer vacation time.
Our year’s program was rounded out with our final celebration in April, entitled “Celebrate Yourself”. At this time, the girls met at our local country club, where they were pampered with a special party to honor their year’s accomplishments, i.e., attendance and participation in all our events. Those who excelled in this area were invited to participate in our First Aid/CPR class, where they earned a certificate for program completion. This extra program was funded by EGC.
Each student receives a registration form that will provide personal health and medical history, identification, emergency notification and a photo and transportation consent release form in both English and Spanish.