WomenSource’s annual Girl Power program is going virtual this year and will be postponed until Saturday, April 17.
Girl Power, which usually takes place in January, caters to middle and high school-aged girls and the women in their lives. The workshop offers an opportunity to learn about problems and topics to which girls can relate. The event began in 2011 as a way to reach out to the girls going into adulthood and help educate them on issues they face.
Elizabeth Burnette, executive director of WomenSource, said that the goal of this program is to motivate girls to be successful women and make decisions to open doors for them.
“The board of directors wanted to do one program that was focused on the women coming up behind us,” she said. “They wanted to have a safe place to really tackle some hard issues that girls face in that season of life.”
In years past, the workshop has focused on topics such as bullying, dating relationships, and substance use and abuse. This year’s theme entails coping with stress and anxiety.
“We know that that age group is pretty tired of online and remote learning, but we feel like it’s the safest and smartest option,” Burnette said.
The nonprofit’s executive director said WomenSource postponed the event to give more time to develop a virtual experience for the workshop and plan activities for it.
Although the event looks a little different this year, Burnette said there will still be activities and breakout sessions, as well as interactive, hands-on tasks to make the session as fun as possible for the girls.
Most details have not been disclosed yet because they are subject to change.
A team of WomenSource board members, along with many organizations from all around the community, are putting together the workshop to be as informative and successful as years past, Burnette said.
The event typically draws in a crowd of 325 girls and adults, and runs with a team of around 30 volunteers. Burnette said she aims to keep those numbers up this year as the event goes virtual.
“We’re hopeful that our girls that come every year will still decide to participate online,” she said.