This year, over 170 girls from Edmonton and the surrounding area attended THE POWER OF BEING A GIRL® Conference on February20th. It was an unbelievably loud, but absolutely wonderful day of education, fun and new experiences.
This year’s sessions were presented by some incredible women. Dr. Cristina Stasia presented a session entitled ‘What About Team Bella: Teen Girls and Pop Culture” that had girls rethinking the women they consider to be role models, ACT Alberta educated the girls about human trafficking, and Keira Barber got everyone up and moving with a Zumba inspired work out session.
The keynote presentation inspired participants by talking to them about the five P’s (purpose, potential, passion, possibilities, and power). Sinive Seely spoke about her experiences and had a panel of young ladies (Lela Seely, Mackenzie Martin, Cadence Hippisley, and Jinting Zhao) shared how they followed their dreams and pursued what they love.
My absolute favorite part of the day came after the sessions were finished, the Futures Fair had concluded, and the closing dance party was done. The committee members and I were getting ready to leave and I saw one of the evaluation forms. This year we asked the girls to complete the sentence “To me, the Power of Being A Girl is…” and one girl had responded by saying “being proud to be me, no matter what.” It made me smile at the time, and right now it’s making me tear up to think about it. If we can make each girl we come into contact with feel that way, we’ve done something truly wonderful.
Girls’ Program Coordinator, YWCA Edmonton