Fox News reported on Smart-Girl’s recent self-defense workshop for girls ages 13 on up and their parents. To see the interview with Smart-Girls Georgie and Marni Seserman and their mother Sue, as well as view the entire report, click Read More for the Fox News link. If you are interested in learning about other programs and workshops, text 22828 or send an email to email@example.com to receive our newsletter.
One of the best ways to get involved in Smart-Girl is to volunteer and join a committee. Join us September 13th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for bagels and coffee to learn about Smart-Girl programs and the committees. Come meet other volunteers and our staff and learn about opportunities for you to have fun while working for a great cause. Please call RSVP to 303-815-1921.
Join us for a special Smart-Girl Self-Defense Workshop!
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I recently came across an article about teens and reading. It suggested that with their newly developed critical thinking skills, teens seek out some of the most shocking topics to read about including teen suicide, pregnancy and drug use. As a parent of a 5th grader, I often question the appropriateness of some of the books I see on the shelves of our local bookstore. It’s hard to judge many of the books when you haven’t read them yourself and frankly don’t have the time to read the Twilight Series. The article went on to say that reading about these topics was actually very helpful because it gives teens a chance to think about how they would react in certain situations.
Similarly in Smart-Girl, topics, scenarios, and discussions are brought up during session for girls role play and anticipate how they might respond to similar situations in real life. They are first taught the skills in a fun, experiential manner and are then given the opportunity to practice them amongst the safety of their peers in the group. So, whether they are feeling pressured to ditch class or experiment with sexual behaviors, Smart-Girl programs equip girls with the decision making skills and language they need to handle these various situations.
In summer camp two weeks ago, I was inspired and amazed as I watched small groups of 7th grade girls perform skits on how they would react to different peer pressure situations. The girls acted out the refusal skills they had recently learned. During the follow up discussion, the girls described real situations where they thought they could apply their new skills such as when asked to cheat on a test or encouraged to bully a peer.
Providing these types of opportunities for our girls, whether in books or in role plays, can encourage them to rehearse their skills so that they are better prepared when real life presents similar circumstances. So, when your child comes back from the library this summer with a questionable looking book, instead of feeling guilty that you don’t have time to read it, ask about the characters and plot. Ask if the hero is a Smart-Girl. Like the fairy tales they used to read and the TV shows they watch now, parents can influence the impression stories make by discussing them. Reading some of the same books as your teens once in a while can also provide an excellent opportunity for safe, open discussions about topics that can otherwise seem scary or uncomfortable. You never know, Twilight might actually provide the basis for a good conversation!
Hope you’ve got a great summer read and a hammock to relax in this weekend,
Please join us Saturday, June 11th for a fabulous afternoon on the town with Chick Crawl.
Chick Crawl and Shine Boutique are proud to present Denver’s ultimate guided shopping experience and will be donating a portion of each ticket sold to Smart-Girl! Chick Crawl is a collaborative shopping experience that connects local businesses with local residents. Participants are wined and dined during this 5-star guided shopping experience and receive gifts and discounts.
Participating boutiques represent an intriguing mix of favorite high end retailers and also showcase a couple of relatively new hotspots: Parmida, for unique home furnishings and accessories, Shine Boutique for perfect gifts and fabulous clothing for any occasion and Old Glory Antiques, for a fresh mix of old and new combined in unexpected ways.
Participants will begin at Parmida and end at Cantina Laredo. Additional participating boutiques include: Shine Boutique, Prince Street Dry Goods, Irresistibles, Bellezza, Swoon Boutique, Sole Food Shoes, Carla’s Classic Design, and Kismet.
When: June 11, 2011 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Begins at Parmida 6853 South York Street, Centennial
One of our newest Smart-Girl partners is Baker Central School in Fort Morgan. They’ve had so much success with their program this year that they’ve decided to do a summer camp. To promote camp, they created a commercial and posted it on School Tube. All the teachers are showing it to their students to promote a great summer opportunity. Thanks Baker for sharing your creativity with us! To see their video, click here.
Denver Urban Spectrum has run a great article about Smart-Girl this month. The article includes highlights from programs at Rachel B. Noel Middle School and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. If you haven’t picked up a copy lately you can read the article here.
There are many organizations in our community working to prevent teen pregnancy and educate youth about the consequences of unprotected and early sexual activity. A great resource for current efforts and policy initiatives is the Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance. In addition Colorado Youth Matter has a myriad of resources and information for parents, providers and teens.
In additon, there are two interesting reports just released of interest on this topic:
Dr. Doug Kirby, author of Emerging Answers: Research Findings to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and dubbed by some the ‘grandfather of sex education,’ just published this free resource: Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk.
The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior – the largest nationally representative study of sexual and sexual-health behaviors ever fielded, conducted by Indiana University sexual health researchers – provides an updated snapshot of contemporary Americans’ sexual behaviors. Publications are free online through the end of the year.
Ryan Warner, host of Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio, interiewed Sameen DeBard, Program Director for Smart-Girl and visisted Scott Carpenter Middle School. Warner discusses the need for the program and what girls learn from it. You can hear part of the interview here.