Contributed by: Melody Huslage, Project Management Intern
Looking for some place fun and exciting to take the girls group from your place of worship? Are you a teacher or social worker that would love to take some of the girls from your school to an empowering and inspiring event? Is your daughter involved in a sports team and you’re looking for a group bonding activity for the kids and the parents?
Look no further, we have the answer! The We Are Girls conferences are held in Austin, Houston, and Dallas annually and they are especially designed to inspire and empower girls in 3rd – 8th grades. Last year was the first year Brownie troop leader, India Sandles, went and she loved it. She had been searching online for a fun event to take her troop to, discovered We Are Girls Houston, and registered her troop for the event. “There is a wealth of information at the conference that the girls need to hear, information about confidence, self-respect, self-love, and self-care. I believe a lot of girls struggle with these issues and it is good to hear about them from people other than their parents and surrounded by girls their same age.”
After a fun and engaging rally that includes inspiring conference speakers, the girls get to choose 3 different workshops to attend. India was surprised by how much there was to do at the conference and her favorite workshop from last year was one where the girls made vision boards that included a mirror in the middle of the paper. Each girl was then able to present their vision board to the group. This year’s list of Houston workshop presenters is long and varied, to reflect the wide variety of interests of today’s girls ensuring there is something for everyone. Presenters include Athleta, the Houston Ballet, MD Anderson, Microsoft, and DPR Construction, just to name a few.
GEN’s mission is to ignite the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to become unstoppable. The We Are Girls conference is one day where the girls walk away inspired by what’s possible, with a new belief in their personal power. India agrees in the necessity of this message. “We live in a time where social media is everywhere. If girls believe in themselves, they can overpower those messages, focus on what they believe and not worry about what others believe.”
“The experience is really great, I wish more of the troop had been able to come. The parents that came with us had a great time as well. If we have more events like this for girls, they would benefit from it greatly.”
Need-based scholarships to the We Are Girls conference are available for both individuals and large groups.
For more information about the event and to register, visit www.wearegirls.org!