Did you know 52 percent of Indiana’s 6th–12th grade girls reported being in a shouting argument at least once? Think back to when you were a girl between the ages of 9–12 and the relationships developed with your friends, families, and teachers. You can probably think of some very good situations you encountered and at least one situation where you may not have understood your feelings and had no idea how to resolve the conflict.
Our Work It Out program empowers girls to navigate the conflict in their lives by developing empathy for others and understanding consequences of hurtful behavior. Girls Inc. understands that it takes practice and skills to build strong, healthy relationships. During one session of the Work It Out program, girls define conflict and discuss healthy ways to resolve situations.
When asked what was her favorite part to teach in her Work It Out program, Heather Hall said, “[My favorite part was] the portion in which we aid the girls in developing non-confrontational language to express frustration and disappointment when working out problems with other girls or friends. I think that no matter how young or old, it is difficult to find your voice when hurt or emotional. I like that we are giving [girls] a constructive way to express themselves.”
Work It Out is just one of the four programs that are led by volunteer teams; the others are Economic Literacy, Media Literacy and Redefining Beauty. All of our programs provide girls hands-on activities where they learn tools to combat challenges they face today, including self-esteem and bullying.
When asked what it was like facilitating her program, Erica Broadus said, “For me, facilitating has been a joy. It’s amazing that regardless of the challenges of my work week, it all faded when I arrived at the program. For that hour, I was able to share the curriculum and my knowledge, and the girls truly gave of themselves by listening and participating. I often say it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”
We are in need of more dedicated volunteers like Heather and Erica to lead a program for girls one hour a week over six consecutive weeks. Girls Inc. provides volunteer training, research and outcome-based curriculum, program materials, and on-going support from Girls Inc. staff while you facilitate your sessions. And, if you do not have a friend who volunteers with Girls Inc., we will place you with another individual committed to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 317.522.2610.