There’s a program just for girls, ages 11 to 14, that helps them to be better girls and young women.
And get this — that fact that it is free isn’t even the best part.
I know, for me, that’s saying a lot.
It’s the 11th Sister-to-Sister Girls’ Summit, and it is put on by a consortium of county agencies, including the American Association of University Women, Cornerstone Wellness Center, Girl Scouts of NE Ohio, Medina County Auditor’s Office, Medina County District Libraries, Medina Hospital, Ohio State University Extension, Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Inc., YWCA of Medina County, Zonta Club ABC, and Stop’n Go.
Girls ages 11 to 14 are invited to attend the program from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at the Medina Hospital. The event is free, but registration is required.
The theme this year is “From Stress to Success,” and girls will have a chance to learn how to cope with stress — something this age group is all too familiar with. They will learn to identify what causes stress, talk about how to “chill out,” find activities that help de-stress their lives, try yoga moves for relaxation, and — best of all, in my older daughter’s mind — have lots of good food (pizza, beverages and other snacks) and door prizes. They also get a free T-shirt and the chance to mingle with some fantastic women in our community who are great role models.
My now-13-year-old went two years ago with some of the girls in her Girl Scout troop, and they all enjoyed it. I liked it because it allowed her a chance to meet other girls her age who attend different schools, and she listened to other adults — aside from Mom — talk about important subjects. The theme that year was Internet safety, and now that she is all over the Internet, she is well aware of some of the pitfalls and dangers to watch out for.
There’s also a Parent-to-Parent session at 3:15 p.m., with no advance registration required. A presenter will discuss various kinds of stress and how to help your teen cope. I did not attend this previously, but maybe this year I will.
With my older daughter entering high school next year, I think the timing of this program is ideal for her and her friends. My younger daughter, who will be 12 next week, could also benefit, so I’m signing them both up. I don’t have particular concerns about them and stress, but I think it’s always good to learn new methods of coping so they are armed should a situation arise.
And I’m sure, when it comes to teen-age girls…there is bound to be stress.
To register, pick up a form at any of the Medina County libraries, the hospital, the YWCA, or by contacting the Ohio State University Extension Office at 330-725-4911. Registration will be accepted through Feb. 26. For more information call Christie Becker, 330-725-4911, or Diane Dockrill, 330-723-9600.