AMHERST – A Go Girl Self-Esteem Workouts program fundraiser is set for April 28, 7 p.m., at Burgess Hall, Trinity United Church.
The Go Girl program (formerly Girl Power) began in 1997 through the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County. The program promotes good self-esteem in girls ages nine to 13.
“I’ve noticed girls seem to be challenged with self-esteem and confidence in their adolescent years, and self-esteem is important at any age to overall emotional and physical health,” said Ruthie Patriquin, executive director for Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County.
The program is offered in July and August throughout Cumberland County. The two- or four-day sessions are held in Amherst, Parrsboro, Springhill, Oxford, River Hebert and Pugwash.
The program workshops include body image, decision-making skills, assertiveness and sessions on helping others and seeing how helping others can make a difference in ones self esteem.
The fundraising event set to aid in this program includes author Sheree Fitch who will read from several of her books, Vanessa Blanch of CBC Moncton will interview Fitch, and two girls who previously attended Girl Power will sing.
“I think women, regardless of age, have a certain amount of self-esteem issues because of more pressure from society and the media on body image issues,” Patriquin said.
“The program has been very successful, girls look forward to attending, many girls want to return but we do focus our registration on new registrations.”
Program leaders for the program have not been chosen yet, normally program leaders are chosen by June. Last year’s co-ordinator, Sarah Sears, will be returning.
Also, girls from Grade 11 through to university students can drop resumes off at the Sexual Health Centre, 11 Elmwood Drive, side entrance.
For more information check out the new website www.forgirls.ca.