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Free workshop for teen girls and women to focus on bullies

POSTED: March 14, 2013 12:50 a.m.

Adolescent girls and teenagers might cause havoc for parents as they enter middle and high school. 

It may seem what parents have to say means nothing to their teen.

But the teen is listening.

Now might be the time to connect a two-way link into a teen’s life. This can be especially critical if a teen is facing bullying.

Girl Power, “a free workshop for high school and middle school girls and the women who love them,” is about starting a conversation on entering womanhood with resources and not feeling alone.

For a third year, WomenSource is hosting Girl Power: Explore. Encourage. Empower. The workshop will be held at Brenau University, 625 Academy St. on March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To register, go online to www.WomenSource.info or call 770-503-9060. Preregistration is required. Lunch will be provided.

WomenSource is expecting more than 100 to attend.

“It is hard for mothers and adolescent girls to come to a workshop at that age,” said Helen Ray, chairwoman of WomenSource.

Many times the girls’ mother-figure may be a grandparent, an aunt or a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
“The speakers will try to engage the girls, but an opportunity for separate sessions for different age groups also will be part of the workshop,” Ray said.

By recreating a more comfortable atmosphere, professional guidance is more effective in an intimate group, she said.
For instance, while a middle school teen attends a “Leadership and Character Development” workshop with Betsy Connell from Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, the mother may attend “Starting Conversations ... ” with Kristen Green, a staff member at Chattahoochee Child Psychology and professor of psychology at Brenau University. At the same time, high school teens might attend a class on bullying called, “Sticks and Stones” with LeCrisha Peyton, counselor at East Hall Middle School.

“Sticks and Stones” sessions will address the “girls bullying girls” issue, both in and outside of school.

Other sessions will include “Communication between the Generations,” “Building Healthy Relationships” and a legal issues panel for teens and parents.

Favors and door prizes, including the possibility to win a tablet computer, iPods, gift cards and iTunes cards, will be available.

For more information, contact WomenSource at 770-503-9060.


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