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The mission of Girl PowHER is to empower young women mentally, emotionally and physically to prevent high school dropouts and ensure each girl reaches her full potential in life. 

Number of participants: 130 students
Ages: 12-18 years | 6th-12th grade
Locations: Berry Creek, Eagle Valley, and Gypsum Creek Middle Schools; Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley High Schools
Contact: Britanny Kinney at bkinney@vvf.org or 970.748.5995

Girl PowHER is a gender specific program serving hundreds of adolescent girls, grades 6-12, in Eagle County. The mission of Girl PowHer specifically is to“help adolescent girls gain mindful awareness, bolster self-esteem and stay engaged in school through healthy activities, community service and positive mentorship.” Activities including yoga, hiking, biking, art, volunteering locally and time spent with positive female role models are paramount in helping these young women develop their own unique identity, allowing them to become well rounded young women who will better serve their community. 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 was started in January 2010 when Colorado native Amanda Precourt joined up with YouthPower365 and other fellow advocates of gender specific programing. Programming is currently in 7 middle and high schools in Eagle County with plans for expansion in 2013/2014. 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.

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Girl Power 2016/2017 - Updated 11.1.2016

Girl PowHER is off to a great start this school year. This year we have added Homestake Peak Middle School to our Girl PowHER family. With an enrollment of 35 girls, we are extremely happy to have them be part of our program. Overall, our enrollment has increased as well! We have over 130 girls in the program split between 6 participating schools.

 

High School

This year the High School Girl PowHER has a program at Eagle Valley High School and Battle Mountain High School. Eagle Valley has a home room class dedicated to the program, while Battle Mountain uses their before school Flex Hour to participate in Girl PowHER. Both programs have 20-25 girls participating. Each School meets once a month and has the opportunity to meet with a multitude of speakers, participate in new activities, and ultimately end their year with PowHER Up for Success.

Speakers this year include:

  • Vail Dermatology – Speaking on beauty and self-care
  • Wells Fargo – Speaking on creating goals and finances
  • Mind Springs – Speaking on mental health and coping

 

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This year PowHER Up for Success is scheduled for Thursday, April 13th at Colorado Mountain College. This event will be open enrollment for any girl in High School at Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain, Red Canyon, and Private school throughout the Vail Valley. PowHER Up for Success is a day of networking with professional women and high school girls in our community.  During this event high school students will have the opportunity to speak with women and ask questions about career, college, and/or life after high school.  They also have the opportunity to take home an interview ready outfit from clothing donated by women in the community.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact Brittany Kinney, Girl PowHER Coordinator at bkinney@vvf.org or 970.748.5995  

 

Middle School

Middle -School -websiteThis year the Girl PowHER program is in four schools: Eagle Valley, Gypsum Creek, Berry Creek, and Homestake Peak. Overall, we have 90 girls enrolled in the program. The first 6 weeks have been filled with smiles, excitement, and new friendships. Middle School participants have been working on overcoming gender stereotypes, social health, teamwork, self-esteem, and body positivity. Like years in the past, the girls will also have their Fashion Show this year. For 9-10 sessions the girls will create outfits out of non-traditional items like tissue paper, duct tape, garbage bags, fabric scraps, and more. If you would like to support the girls and all their hard work, our Fashion Shows will be held per school the week of April 3rd.

 

Donations and Support

We are currently looking for miscellaneous craft supplies for the dresses. In the past, the girls have been able to bring their dresses home. This year, we want to create an even playing field and provide all the resources they need during their Girl PowHER sessions. We are also looking for mentors in the community to help do hair and make-up. If you are interested in donating or supporting the Middle School Fashion Show please contact Brittany Kinney, Girl PowHER Coordinator at bkinney@vvf.org or 970.748.5995 

 

Questions about Girl PowHER?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Girl PowHER Coordinator with any questions. We are always looking for mentors and support from our community.