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Reflections on Girls In Action for March 19th

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Char Carter '14 travelled all the way to Denver, Colorado to share what is deep inside of her, a love of the Girls in Action Program.

Girls in Action is an amazing program that I am truly grateful for, and proud to be a part of. Girls in Action has helped me become not just only a better person, but a future woman leader. Ms. Natalie is the site liaison for my school, Henry, and I honestly think that most of the reason why I kept my participation in GIA is because of the push and drive she gave me. Girls in Action has taught me way much more about becoming a strong future leader than ANY classroom would ever be able too. Before I started GIA I felt just like any other girl from North Side Minneapolis, but now I have this inner empowerment that makes me feel like I was born and raised with a silver spoon in my mouth, and that I don’t have to be a statistic, and that I have powerful women such as Ms. Natalie and Dr. Verna to look up to, and not only am I looking up to them, they also believe in me and my future success.
 
GIA is important to girls because with a society like the one we live in today, I think it’s important to learn that as young women we don’t have to settle for less, we don’t have to be on welfare, we CAN successfully complete high school and go to college, and we are powerful force. GIA lets us know that we are not just baby makers but future CEOs and business owners, and GIA is not “a crab in a bucket” association because our women leaders and peers want success for each other and to me that’s more than enough reason to why GIA is important to girls, because there are no “you cant’s” and put downs, but “you can” and “you will’s”. GIA will always be a part of me and I will always be proud to say that I am a part of GIA. I have learned and grown as a young lady because of GIA, and I hope that all the other girls feel the same way I do because there’s a happiness and inner strength to be discovered that I want every girl to have the chance to feel. Dr. Verna took her time with a program like GIA and it shows because the material we are taught isn’t rushed through, and she picked the right women to teach us that material, and for that I am also grateful.

Girls in Action presented at the 24th Annual National Service- Learning Conference in Denver, Colorado, March 13-16, 2013. This year, two girls from Henry joined the GIA delegation to the Conference where they presented the workshop of  "The Importance of Empowering Girls in School and Life".   Those students are Char Carter '14 and Alexus Emory '15.
 

Upon their return to Henry Char and Alexus will present to the GIA girls at their schools about their lessons learned from the conference.

Accompanying Char and Alexus and four other students from North and Edison are Ms. Natalie Johnson Lee -  Director of GIA for Minneapolis Schools, and Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, Founder/Executive Director of GIA.  

Learn more about the National Service Learning Conference - visit www.servicelearningconference.org