This Spring, girls enrolled in our after-school programs learned valuable lessons ranging from the importance of the civil rights movement to understanding the magnitude of loving yourself both physically and mentally. The girls learned how to express their feelings through poetry and art activities.The clubs encouraged the girls to reflect on MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech and helped the girls create a poem of their own that highlights their own dreams and aspirations. To celebrate Valentine's day, the girls embraced the idea of accepting and appreciating themselves by creating "I Love Me" wreaths with eight reasons why they love themselves. For National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, our girls discussed unhealthy relationships and the importance of respect as they wrote a poem named "Love is & Love is Not." They also wrote advice columns to each other and created posters about respect. Our members discovered the meaning of a healthy body image and how unrealistic images in the media may influence us. The girls engaged in a magazine critique where they realized that most of the images they see in TV and in magazines are digitally altered. They also created a "Love Your Flaws" photography and poster campaign to embrace what makes them unique and special. Through the rest of the school year, we plan provide even more life-enriching, girl-empowering activities that can make a strong impact in the lives of many young Latinas in our clubs.
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