The Junior League of Greenwich has launched its fifth year of PositivelyMe!, a free empowerment program for Greenwich-based, 3rd grade girls.
Despite wintery weather, Session I was a tremendous success! The program, initially launched in 2010, is designed to help girls develop the skills they need to be confident, make good decisions, be assertive and express themselves in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. PositivelyMe! aims to reach girls at a crucial time in their lives.
“Though every child is different, third grade is typically a time when girls are both developing their independence and spending more time with their peers,” said Kristen Tomasiewicz, PositivelyMe! Co-Chair said. “Many girls place a high importance on peer acceptance and struggle to figure out where they fit in at school, making third grade an ideal time to help girls gain positive social skills, make new friends and boost their self esteem in the process,” added Tomasiewicz.
During the first session, attendees participated in a wide variety of activities including a board breaking ceremony, role-playing workshops, and a special volunteer project led by community partners. “The activities are a lot of fun, but each activity has an important message,” says MariaSole Kaine, PositivelyMe! Co-Chair.
For instance, during the board breaking ceremony, girls learn that through discipline, they can overcome obstacles. Role-playing teaches them strategies for difficult social situations, and the volunteer project emphasizes the importance of giving back. “Whether we are singing, dancing, writing, or having an open discussion, the girls are constantly engaged and learning,” says Kaine.
For 2015, there are four, two-day sessions, each on a Friday, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm and Saturday, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Friday evening takes the form of an old-fashioned pajama party, while Saturday is a full day of workshops. For those who missed out on Session I, there are limited spots available in Session IV-April 17th and 18th. (Session II-February 20th and 21st, Session III-March 27th -28th are filled) To register for this FREE program, visit Junior League and look for PositivelyMe! in Current Projects under the Community Impact tab.
The event takes place at the Junior League of Greenwich headquarters, located at 231 East Putnam Ave in Greenwich.
The Junior League of Greenwich has been bettering the community for over 50 years. It is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained individuals. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. If you are interested in joining the Junior League of Greenwich and making a difference in our community, contact the JLG Office at (203) 869-1979 or visit the Junior League website.