WHAT IS Girl PowHER?
Girl PowHER is a gender-specific enrichment program that is a part of the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365, a non-profit educational initiative in Eagle County, Colorado. It was founded in 2010 with the help of Colorado native Amanda Precourt and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Girl PowHER focuses on empowering young women with the premise that empowerment is being fulling connected to yourself, and that your confident self is your best self.
Each week girls participate in different meaningful activities led by trained, sensitive and involved instructors, designed to challenge, empower, and encourage the girls socially, academically and physically. These activities may include team building, critical thinking, and problem-solving. There are also many opportunities for adventure enrichments such as camping, snowshoeing, and yurt trips.
The Girl PowHER program is meant to encourage girls to TRY NEW THINGS, to step outside of their comfort zones, begin to figure out where their power comes from and how to create it for and within themselves. An outcome of Girl PowHER is that the girls feel and become strong for themselves.
We also have adults from the community come into our sessions and enrichments as mentors to work with these girls, fostering community engagement and strong adult relationships.
The goal of Girl PowHER is to inspire young women to become the best version of themselves by recognizing their strengths through their passions and identifying areas of personal challenge.
WHY Girl PowHER?
It’s not just school but life experiences that inspire, enrich and support us. The girls of today need love, guidance, deep friendships, respectable limits, and time to figure out life on their own terms. Through Girl PowHER they become empowered by learning to become true to themselves and who they are.
Middle and high school girls often face hard issues and many times they are the recipients of advice and support. This is vitally important and yet…these girls have lots to offer as well. Mentors and instructors work closely with students by helping them realize they can be powerful by giving what they can and sharing their gifts. Facilitators and the program lead work to find and provide opportunities within the community for volunteering and service-learning.
Through the program girls will be able to say: I am confident, I am capable, I take pride in who I am.
As with all YouthPower365 Programs, educational support is a priority in all Girl PowHER programs. In addition to creating physical and emotional well-being, we hope to increase high school graduation rates as well as increase the number of young women seeking higher education in Eagle County.
Girl PowHER, through constant collaboration with local businesses, volunteers, local schools and YouthPower365 staff, is quickly becoming the premier gender-specific program in Eagle County.