On Saturday, April 6th, Girl Empowerment Day took place in the Dinosaur Valley. The program was for girls between the ages of twelve and fifteen. 

Adele Desjardins, head coordinator and leader of this program, explains what the program does. adeleinstructingAdele Desjardins speaking at Girl Empowerment Day

"To empower [girls], to give them confidence and to know that we're not competing against each other, we're actually cheerleaders for other girls, what they're doing and their accomplishments."

Desjardins also commented that the program also teaches girls to say no and to be able to accept that if their friends say no, it's nothing personal.

"I'm raising two teen girls myself. I see some of the struggles that they have encountered, and just being a girl myself I knew what it was like at that age. I worked with many women with the same struggles. We can help them as teens, and set them up for success as adults," continued Desjardins.

The day started out with talking about confidence and the power of no. Then there was a networking lunch, in the afternoon, they built self-esteem in the girls with the importance of affirmation and changing a negative mindset to a positive 'I am Beautiful,' 'I am strong.' The day finished off with a sharing circle where the girls could have the time to share with each other and know that they are there to support each other.

Desjardins continued saying that they are hoping to implement another event like this in the community.

"We're looking to see how we can incorporate or do something for our boys. We recognize that we are raising men in this community as well. We are looking to bringing something like that to the community."

 

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