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Girl Power aims to fight bullying
Event aimed at middle and high school girls
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Girl Power

What: Conference for middle and high school girls on bullying

When: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28

Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville

Info: womensource.info

It’s a meaningful and timely event for young girls and the women who love them.

At this year’s Girl Power event, the theme is bullying.

“We know it happens on all levels. We recognize that bullying is becoming an increasing issue for girls and happening at younger ages,” said Elizabeth Burnette, executive director of WomenSource.

WomenSource puts on the conference for free each year.

The event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, in Gainesville. Those who wish to attend must register here.

The day’s events also include lunch and door prizes.

Kim Smith, a board member for WomenSource who will be volunteering at the event, has a special reason for helping out.

“I have a 5-year-old little girl and look forward to her coming to this event one day. This is one of the most meaningful events that WomenSource does,” Smith said.

Girls should be between middle and high school ages to attend the event, so her daughter has some growing to do before she is able to attend.

All themes are chosen are based on responses from past years. Burnette said they pass out surveys to attendees and ask them what they think the next year’s theme should be.

“I think (bullying) has shown up several times,” Burnette said.

There will be three breakout sessions, each with a speaker and subject.

“This is what these girls are navigating on a daily basis and we can’t wait until college to have these conversations,” Smith said.

The three sessions will be how to spot it, how to stop it and how to deal with girl bullying, Burnette said.

Each session will focus on a proactive approach to dealing with these issues, like how young girls can recognize bullying in others and themselves and participate in ending it.

“We are trying to impose a positive message,” Burnette said.

The featured speaker will be Tracie Berry-McGhee of St. Louis, Missouri, who is known for her books on girl-on-girl bullying.

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