Program Volunteers Needed This Summer
4-8 Hour shifts include snacks and lunch.
We can't do it without you!
We need Event Volunteers for our
1st Annual Solstice Women’s Retreat
6-hour shifts include meals and a bunk if you want to overnight,
plus access to scheduled event activities.
Join our team!
LET'S GO CAMPING!
Empowerment 4 Girls welcomes all women 18 and older to indulge in a weekend of self-care and wellness support in the beautiful Millersylvania State Park Retreat Center, near Olympia, WA.
Get the break you deserve to recharge and relax, while supporting us in our mission to affirm the self-worth of all girls through our social-emotional and age-appropriate sexual health learning programs for all girls ages 10-15.
Empowerment 4 Girls came into being in the fall of 2016, when Kristen Rubis and a group of friends and other local women came together to launch the organization to educate, nurture and empower girls in our community. After the success of our first fundraising event at Dockside Bistro we needed to choose a financial institution to work with to start our first bank account. We chose to work with Olympia Federal Savings because of their commitment to their community as an institution, and as individuals who make up their workforce. They have been a great partner for E4G ever since, from being there to support our banking needs, guiding us through pandemic relief as funding partners with the SBA for Payroll Protection Loans issued through the CARES Act, and sponsoring our online fundraising variety show in 2021.
OlyFed as a business contributes 10% of their profits to support local charities and organizations, and their employees participate as private citizens to support fundraising efforts by volunteering for civic events and fundraising drives throughout the community. In 2018 OlyFed launched their 2-Cent campaign and since then has donated more than $100,000 in support to more than 35 local nonprofit organizations. Each month they choose a different charity organization to support through this campaign.
Empowerment 4 Girls is deeply grateful to be the OlyFed 2 Cent campaign donation recipient for March 2022. What this means is that for every transaction an OlyFed customers puts on their debit card this month, Empowerment 4 Girls will receive a 2 cent donation. These pennies can add up to hundreds, or thousands of dollars, depending on how many customers use their debit cards during the month of March. This campaign really shows us how much of an impact our individual contributions can have on our community. Please spread the word about this campaign to your families, friends and collegues, anyone who might be, or might know, someone who is an OlyFed customer. Bit by bit, and penny by penny, we can all make a difference in our community because COMMUNITY POWER ROCKS!
Join us for an Evening of Empowerment, a Family Friendly Fundraiser for Empowerment 4 Girls!
We are switching things up this fall and creating an opportunity for self care, relaxation and community building for our virtual fundraising event! Let’s come together in community through sound healing and self-love to support each other in these challenging times and to support the mission of Empowerment 4 Girls to affirm the self-worth of all girls.
Kristen Rubis, Co-Founder and Program Director, will offer a sacred session of breathwork, meditation, and gentle yoga poses followed by a relaxing and nourishing 45 minute sound healing bath with metal Tibetan bowls, crystal quartz singing bowls, bells, planetary chimes, tingshas, a rose quartz alchemy bowl, and a handheld root chakra bowl.
Throughout time and within many cultures, music, and sound have been at the heart of healing. Sound Healing is a technique in which sounds, vibrations, musical tones, and frequencies are used to help restore, maintain, and improve one's state of mind, body, and spirit.
After a sound healing treatment, most people report a feeling of deep relaxation and an improvement in the function of mind and body. Structural imbalances in the body will often correct themselves during the sound treatment. Join us and experience the benefits of sound healing.
We look forward to sharing some relaxation with you and your family, see YOU Online!
"If everyone attended Kristen Rubis’ Group Healing Ceremony, our world would be a better place. My experience was profound and remained with me for days afterward. Every cell in my body hummed with the vibrations of the singing bowls and a sense of peace and calm overwhelmed me as I exchanged with the universe my suffering for its healing. Love yourself enough to experience this healing ceremony because it will ultimately benefit those that you love the most." ~Annette M.
Learn more about Kristen's yoga and sound healing offerings: www.KristenRubis.com
Throughout the whole month of October, author and board member, Bianca A. Smith, is donating all proceeds from the sale of her modern fiction novel, Triangle, to Empowerment 4 Girls!
To learn more about her book and this opportunity, visit BiancaASmith.com.
THANK YOU Bianca for supporting our cause!
August 29, 2021
As families head back into the school year and in-person learning, we want to offer our gratitude and respect for everyone who is working so hard to make this happen in the times we are living through; teachers, school administrators and support staff, parents and the kiddos!
It is a daily balancing act.
Hearing from one mother who's children already are back to in-person school, the lift in spirits is obvious for the kiddos, even as the "normal" challenges of understaffed, over-crowded, under-funded schools and programs become more apparent with each school opening and each school day. Oh for the days of normal challenges.
Meanwhile, weighing the benefits to the mental and emotional health of school children with the potential of community spreading of COVID19 and it's known variants is an everyday risk analysis and management issue for families and school districts everywhere. There's so much to learn, so many ways to grow, change and adapt, so much unknown and unknowable. We hope the resources offered here can provide support and guidance for families in our community, in staying healthy, safe and engaged in learning, growing and rebuilding together the relationships and systems that have suffered since early 2020.
If you know of more resources we'd love to add them to this post, so please get in touch using our contact form or by email to email@example.com.
note: underlined text links to outside resources
Health and Safety for Families
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction COVID19 Resources to Support Student Well-being and School Safety
Puberty, Sexuality and Gender Expression
Amaze - Age appropriate discussion resources on the web
Fosters resilience in LGBTQ+ youth in Olympia
Stonewall Youth Olympia
Events and peer support for youth - listing of doctors and therapists who are supportive of LGBTQ+ youth
360-888-4273 (call or text)
Emergency - Trevor Hotline
24 hour suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth
Compassionate, Effective Communication
Communication is a lot more work than talking; telling each other how we feel and what we think, expressing our dreams, desires and disappointments. It requires deep listening, observation, personal reflection, and action based on understanding the truth as it is, not how we want it to be. With these practices we begin to open more fully to what others are expressing in conversation, as we strive together for a better understanding of ourselves, each other and the world, that together, we are creating and sharing. This article from Creating The Future offers tips and resources for learning and practicing compassionate listening; a skill we all can use some help with throughout our lifetimes.
Our Week Long Empowerment Camps offer 9-16 year old girls an opportunity to deepen their unique character, cultivate self confidence, develop core life skills and implement daily self-care through an innovative journey toward self-discovery. Empowerment Camps are theme based and have a different theme and Guest Educators each day!
August Empowerment Camp Includes: ice breakers, art projects, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, positive affirmations, wellness tips, All About Me Collages, self care tools, sound healing, dance, health lectures, talking circles, theme based guest speakers, outdoor activities, organic snacks/lunch, cultivating sisterhood and lots of fun!
Monday, August 16: Self Love
Kristen Rubis: Self Love is an essential part of our wholeness. We will discuss the importance of self love and ways we can incorporate it into our daily lives. We will learn about positive affirmations and other ways to shift our minds towards the positive so we can manifest our dreams and create a balanced, healthy life. We will create our own Self Love Mobile to remind us how awesome and empowered we are!
Tuesday, August 17: Self Responsibility
Kelli Mae Willis: Yoga is a powerful tool to awaken your inner knowing. We will use yoga, mindfulness, and reflection to deepen an inner calm, grow our self awareness, and explore the most true part of who we are. We’ll learn about neuroplasticity and how the mind prefers to hang on to the negative, and practice ways to tip the scales back toward balance.
Kate Steward: Design your own circuit flower that lights up with an LED diode. After designing and wiring your flower, create a beautiful flower pot to take it home in. You are both an electrician and an artist in this STEAM activity.
Wednesday, August 18: Self Expression
Nancy Hull: We will explore self expression and self awareness, how to get out of grabs, and boost our self confidence. I teach traditional taekwon do with an emphasis on self-defense and self-empowerment. I am a 6th degree Black Belt and have been involved in taekwon do for over 25 years. I own and operate a school in Chehalis, Washington.
Miriam Hathaway: Through playful prompts, we will explore the many ways we can express ourselves! We’ll be making fun lists, doodles, brainstorms, and maybe even an animal or two…We’ll learn what self-expression means and why it’s important in our relationship to ourselves and others.
Thursday, August 19: Self Empowerment
Drea Steele: Learn to connect with your heart through different yoga shapes that will build your confidence and empower YOU to be who you are!
Jennifer Murtagh: Oddly, your brain is not the best decision maker within your body... your gut is. Together we will learn and practice strategies to help us tap into our intuition, tell it apart from fear or doubt, and practice talking in ways that show others (and ourselves) that our gut is worth listening to.
Friday, August 20: Self Accountability
Jihan Grettenberger: Where does our drinking water come from? Build an edible aquifer and then enjoy your tasty treat. As we talk about water, start thinking about your role in protecting our local water resources.
GIRL POWER ROCKS!
Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies™ Week-Long Camp: Body Awareness for Empowered Choices for girls 9-16 years old. Our Intentional Sexuality Education Camps provide: anatomy/physiology, puberty, menstruation and body changes, consent and boundaries, gender identity and sexual orientation, building healthy relationships, and social media awareness.
CMCB™ Camps Offer:
•Develop Healthy Body Image
•Promote Positive Relationships
•Enhance Social Skills
CMCB™ Camp also Includes: art projects, yoga, meditation techniques, breathing exercises, body awareness techniques, self care tools, sound healing, ice breakers, health lectures, talking circles, theme based guest speakers, outdoor activities, Q & A, organic snacks/lunch, community building and lots of fun!
Monday, July 12: Anatomy, Puberty and Menstruation
11:00-12:00 Dr. Jessica Rose
Campers will learn an embodiment practice that supports rebalancing of the nervous system while amplifying self-awareness, relaxation and presence. This practice supports participants the recognition of the power of their own presence as they directly experience how their body responds.
1:30-3:00 Michele Drake
Girls will learn about the anatomical names and roles of internal and external reproductive organs. We will discuss the journey of the egg and the role of menstruation while we make our anatomy collage.
Tuesday, July 13: Consent and Boundaries
10:45-11:45 Kristen Rubis
Inner Navigation Guide: We will learn to tap into our own intuition as a path towards awareness and safety. We will talk about healthy boundaries and having a clear sense of how to recognize what alignment and trust feels like in our bodies. Where do we receive our intuitive information? In our hearts, minds, guts or somewhere else in our body?
1:30-3:00 Lily Campbell & Simone Symonds
We will be exploring consent, boundaries, and bodily autonomy. We will think about questions like, what is consent? How can we communicate boundaries to those around us? and what do we do if a boundary is broken?"
Wednesday, July 14: Self Image and Social Media Awareness
10:45-11:45 Linda Terry
Grow your garden: Build your focus, memory, and thinking speed through fun activities and games.
1:30-3:00 Elizabeth Swanson
We will cover various terms in regards to body image; body positivity, body negativity, body neutrality. We will discuss what shapes our body image and how social media can play a part. There will be a partner activity and then we will have an art project where we decorate mirrors with empowering words and art.
Thursday, July 15: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
10:45-11:45 Cindel Tobias is a local high school teacher who is passionate about helping young people develop tools to be advocates for themselves and their greater community. Through movement practices such as Qigong, we hold our bodies in aligned postures, develop strong stabilizing muscles, and move our joints through their full ranges of motion. In a world where it is easy to be hunched over a phone or computer for many hours, movement practices are essential for not only our physical health but also our mental health.
1:30-3:00 Sara Kukkonen
Gender and sexuality are a beautiful spectrum. We’ll explore the difference between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, as well as sexual and romantic orientation. We’ll also discuss where our ideas of gender roles come from and how we can all work together to create a safe community.
Friday, July 16: Resiliency, Relationships and Self Care
10:45-11:45 Amber Jenson
Meditation is a great way to help us calm our minds and tune in to the present. We will start by doing a meditation that engages our senses so that we can let our worries go and be focused on the moment. We will also do an Emotional Freedom Technique meditation, otherwise known as Tapping, focused on self-acceptance. Tapping helps our body move energy and feel more balanced. Tapping actually helps our brains change our thoughts and emotions so that we can move past challenges and see things differently.
1:30-3:00 Amber Jenson
We will learn what resilience is and how to build it so you can face challenges feeling empowered and capable. You’ll explore ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing so that you can recover more quickly when you experience challenges, focus on problem solving, and keep a positive outlook. You will recognize how positive connections with yourself and others can enhance your resilience and support you through challenging times. By the end of class you’ll have a plan to help you thrive and tackle tough situations and bounce back!
Join us for a virtual evening of Art, Fire Dancing, Music, Hip Hop, Comedy, Poetry, Bollywood, a Sing-a-Long, Community, FUN and Empowerment! Community FUNdraiser Variety Show: Come be Entertained and Empowered! Saturday, June 19, 7-8:30 pm pst.
Variety Show TICKET Options:
$10 - Individual
$25 - Family/Friend Group of 3-5
$50 - Family/Friend Group of 6-10
Enjoy an "ADD-ON” of locally made wine, a regionally sourced Happy Heart Tea Blend, Champagne, Gelato & Brownies to add to your ticket sales!
$30: Building Earth Farm: Red Wine Blend or Grand Vin Wine Merchant Champagne
$10: GRuB: Happy Heart Tea Blend (Thanks Elise & Ingrid)
$10: Blue Heron Brownies
$10: Sofie Scoops Gelato
$25: Delivery of Add-Ons
$100: POWER UP for Scholarships
Thank YOU to Our Event SPONSORS!
Olympia Federal Savings
Holistic Home Group
Olympia Waldorf School
Thanks to Our Friends for Your Acts!
Rebecca June: Fire Dancing
Alison Lewis: All Roads Lead You Home
Yet Untamed: Hunter's Moon
Kelly & Christopher Cole: Mojave
Tanya Mote: What If We Believed
Kelli Mae & Friends: Bhangra
Sarah Walz : Hip Hop
Sadye Osterloh: Opera Silks
Lisa Templeton: Each Moment I Abide
Sadye Osterloh & Della Moustachella: Hot Dogs
Mr. Nick Davio: Stealing Summer Feeling
Live Music with The Painted Toenails: ending the night with a Sing-a-Long & Dance Party!
Join us for an evening of Information and Empowerment!
Saturday, April 17, 5:30-7 pm pst!
We will share about our Two different curricula, what it’s like to become a Volunteer, how to be a Community Sponsor, ways to become a Guest Educator, how to earn Community Service Hours and other ways to support our mission!
Where: Online on Zoom
When: Saturday, April 17, 5:30-7:00 pm
Register Now: https://www.empowerment4girls.com/events.htm
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