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Program Corner: What a year!!!

Our Fantastic Team

Our Fantastic Team

This past year has been challenging for all. From the social distancing measures due to COVID-19 to thousands struggling because of unemployment, it has been life-changing. I battled with anxiety and stress during these times but have been extremely fortunate to be able to work with Girl Power. Girl Power has helped me through these difficult times. It has been exciting serving these wonderful girls even though it has been remote. As a program instructor, it has been fulfilling being able to help our girls during these tough times.

Girl Power’s after-school programming has been such a success. We have provided our girls with a safe space, time to reflect, and lots of learning experiences. We have engaged our girls in virtual zoom sessions through different curriculum, ICA art sessions, special guest speakers, and even holiday events. We had our virtual holiday party where we decorated ornaments, made hot chocolate, and wrote Christmas letters to those close to us. We also had our Black History Month event where our girls wrote their own “I have a dream” speech. As facilitators, we have tried to keep our programs as normal as possible.

Two highlights during this virtual year were the opportunity to take the girls on field trips. Our first trip was to the Selfie Museum followed by lunch/dessert at G.L.O.W Cafe. The girls had an amazing time and took lots of cool selfie pictures. With the school year coming to an end, we wanted to take our girls on another trip. We had our end-of-year celebration at Berry Farms. The girls picked sunflowers, took pictures around the farm, had lunch with their friends, and rode on hayrides. We had such an amazing time! I am proud to represent Girl Power and the work we do. Seeing our students grow and pursuing their goals is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world!

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