By Kathy Magnusson
Thanks to Women of Today volunteer facilitators from the pilot communities of Roseau and Warroad, two groups of 7th-9th grade girls were able to experience the “Girls Lead on the Go!” program in June. A fun-filled day of activities, games, and community involvement led to the discovery of their “SuperHeroes” within themselves.
According to the girls who attended the events, Girls Lead on the Go! was a hit! They had fun together, and they learned a lot about themselves and their communities.
Parents were able to see the excitement generated by Girls Lead on the Go! as shown by these comments on the Facebook event site:
Girls Lead on the Go! will be an annual event in these communities. Many girls are looking forward to attending the event again next year, and are planning to bring their friends along. Two more pilot communities have events planned for late summer and fall. The Lake of the Woods Women of Today with be sponsoring a Girls Lead on the Go! event on Saturday, August 6th, in Baudette. The Greenbush and Middle River Women of Today chapters will be teaming up to hold an event later in the fall.
Girls Lead on the Go! is an offshoot of Girls Lead which is a youth leadership program of Peacemaker Resources. The goal of both Girls Lead and Girls Lead on the Go! is to empower and equip young women to have a positive relationship with self, others and community. It is funded through a partnership with local community service organizations, Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.