Monday, August 24: Self Awareness Day
Guest Speaker: Emily McMason 1:30-3:15 pm
“Living in a Social Media World” — It can be a great way to connect. It can also disconnect us from what’s important. We’ll talk about some cool research—the bathing suit test and the kitchen table test. We’ll look at some not-so-little laws—how old do you actually have to be to have a Snapchat account? We’ll dive into brain-behavior—what happens inside your head when your device buzzes at you? And talk about how to decide what to share on social media and with whom.
Tuesday August 25: Self Expression Day
Guest Teacher Andrea Mikita 10:45-11:45 am
Andrea is a Blue Belt Nia and Moving to Heal instructor. Nia is a holistic movement blend of dance arts, healing arts and martial arts. Connect body, mind and emotions through a journey of self-discovery, awareness and connection with the JOY of movement.
Guest Speaker: Marie Poland 1:30-3:15 pm
Heartfire Astro Renaissance: We will utilize Astrology to take a closer look at who we are. Each of us was born with specific characteristics, including the various ways we think, feel, act and who and what we are most drawn to. We will look at the location of the planets at our birth to support a greater acceptance for ourselves and our path.
Wednesday, August 26, Self Responsibility Day
Guest Teacher: Annette McQueen 10:45-11:45 am
Our world is becoming more and more complex with more and more people experiencing anxiety, stress, and apathy. Our youth have unprecedented challenges. This YOGA class will offer some movement, breathwork, and meditation to strengthen our bodies, reset our nervous system, and calm our minds. We will learn some techniques which will empower us to take responsibility for our own wellbeing and perhaps the ability to extend some guidance to others.
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Johnson 1:30-3:15 pm
Learn how to use your knowledge to clean, sanitize and make your house smell good, safely! We’ll learn how to read labels on common household products to be responsible shoppers. Learn to use, store and dispose of household products responsibly to create a healthier home. We’ll play bingo to learn about safer products and make a green cleaner to take home.
Thursday, August 27: Self Love Day
Guest Teacher: Kelli Mae Willis 10:45-11:45 am
Know thyself. 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.
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Dawn 1:30-3:15 pm
During our time together, we will deepen our dive into the notion and practices of Self-Love. Each of the girls will have an opportunity to write a letter to either an empowered aspect of themselves or to an aspect that was particularly challenged at some point in their life. We will write to ourselves from the wisdom, grace and insight that we really wished we had received in those moments. The girls will also have a chance to create some Post It Love Notes of kindness, encouragement and compassion to themselves and to those they hold dear to be distributed as touch stones of Love shared inward and out.
Friday, August 28: Self Empowerment Day
Guest Speaker: Sarah Meyer 1:30-3:15 pm
Building our own personal resilience is something that takes practice and attention. We never know what life is going to throw our way, so it's important for kids and adults to have a resilience practice. Much like taking a vitamin daily to make sure we have the nutrients we need, a resilience practice is very similar. In this "I Am" workshop we will explore different tools for building resilience through games, group discussions, and quiet reflection.
E4G Needs Your Help!
I’ve been honored to support Empowerment4Girls for the past year and a half. As outgoing Secretary and Board member, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask for your support.
This program and its operations are run by Kristen Rubis and Jeannine Anderson, two empowered women who are two of the founders. They are also fiercely dedicated to E4G’s continued success. And we all need it to succeed.
I’ve volunteered at some of the Empowerment Camps and love seeing the positive effects they have on the girls. From the start, Kristen sets the stage to make the environment safe and welcoming, and the girls love and trust her. It’s inspiring and encouraging to see how the girls respond, interact and ask questions about what is being presented to them.
The setting also encourages them to share their own stories and express themselves authentically. There are guest speakers who bring a variety of topics that loop back to the main area of focus: self-empowerment. There are giggles, laughs and the occasional snort as they move through yoga poses that transforms into calmness when Kristen guides them back to centering themselves and being in the moment. It’s something special to witness and be part of.
Conscious Minds, Conscious Bodies™ is the newest offering. Kristen and fellow Curriculum Committee members have spent many hours developing the curriculum, which deals with a serious and much-needed conversation with girls about their bodies. Specifically, this camp provides education about body awareness, giving participants the tools to become empowered with knowledge about their bodies, sexuality, boundaries, gender identity and much more. This powerful camp needs the chance to make a difference for our girls in the years to come.
E4G has come up against the same challenges that many organizations and small businesses have in the face of COVID-19. Funds are running low and there are salaries to be paid. While donations usually go toward supporting the programs, education and other camp-related expenses rather than administrative costs, I’d like to offer this up for consideration: Our two staff members who run the programs, pursue fundraising opportunities, keep the books, and ensure all the paperwork and accounting are handled properly are what keep the organization afloat.
They also often work far more hours than their salaries support, and every effort is being made to rectify that. In the meantime – and especially now – donations to help keep the E4G staff financially afloat will result in being able to continue to keep the E4G programs alive and well.
Please consider making a donation to support core operating costs in support of our staff members so they in turn can continue to support Empowerment 4 Girls.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.
Past Secretary and Board Member
Happy Summer Blessings to you and your family. I hope that you are feeling safe and supported where ever you may be in this beautiful world. I wish to also acknowledge any hardship that you may be experiencing during this challenging and transformational time.
As we move through a growing collective examination of the systemic injustices against Black people in our society it is gut-wrenchingly clear; we have SO much work to do in ourselves, our families, our communities and the greater world. May we learn together, as a community and as a nation, how to use our personal power to respond to and support the forces of transformative change working to bring about an inclusive, anti-racist, culturally responsive, human-centered society that treats everyone with equity, respect and compassion.
Until we see an end to the race-based disparities that exist in our society, pushing people of color to the margins of our economy, educational systems, healthcare systems, justice systems and environmental security, we will affirm BLACKLIVESMATTER. We encourage you to educate, nurture and empower yourself to be an ally and an advocate for those who suffer an antiquated system that seeks to place the value of one human higher than that of another.
We have started to read, watch, listen and learn more as an organization. We understand this will be a lifetime process. Please reach out to us with your own #BLM resources and we can add it to this ongoing list. Thank You.
Thank you in advance for your continued support during these challenging and unknown times.
In Love, Gratitude & Service,
Founder & Program Director
EXPLORE AND READ:
BLACKLIVESMATTER - Healing in Action Toolkit
YWCA of Olympia - Racial Justice
Ava Duvernay - Award winning filmmaker
Rachel Ricketts - Thought leader and outspoken champion for Black and Indigenous Womxn.
A Kids Book About Racism - by Jelani Memory
Hop Hopkins - Director of Strategic Parnterships Sierra Club
A collection of TED Talks on the topic of race
Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses "white fragility"
13th - a Netflix original film by Ava DuVernay
Empowerment 4 Girls Zoom Sessions provide an opportunity for our girls to stay socially and emotionally connected during these challenging times of physical distancing. Yoga, art, talking circles and other aspects of our day-camps are included, along with at-home activities that will be directed by Kristen and other Guest Speakers. We understand that families may need financial support during this time. Thanks to generous donors, we have ample partial or full scholarships available.
90 Minute Yoga Sessions:
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $25 each or $95 for four sessions
These sessions include: Introductions, talking circle, breath work, meditation, yoga class or yoga game, sound healing and a closing circle.
2-Hour Empowerment Sessions:
Fridays 12:00-2:00 pm
Cost: $50 each ~ discounts for 2 or more
These thematic sessions include: Introductions, talking circle, yoga/meditation/breath work, art/lecture, dance and closing circle. We'll take a few minutes for feedback and end the session with our Girl Power Rocks cheer!
April 17 - Self Expression
April 24- Self Responsibility
May 1 - Self Care
May 8 Self Love
May 15 Self Image
May 22 Self Accountability
May 29 Self Expression
Dine-Out 4 Girls! Enjoy find food, great company and support life-changing camp experiences for girls ages 9 to 16. Mercato Ristorante is donating 20% of their proceeds on Sunday, March 8, 11 am to 9 pm to Empowerment 4 Girls on International Women’s Day! So while you’re enjoying your meal, you can also enjoy the fact that you are helping empower girls, their families and our community. Bring a friend and see you there!
111 Market St NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Body Awareness for Empowered Choices for Girls 9-16 years.
Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies™ Day Camp
Saturday, February 29 ~ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Is your child starting to go through puberty or beginning to ask a lot of questions about their body? This One-Day Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies™ Camp will support their process by offering accurate information to navigate the changes along their path during this time. We like to encourage this to be an empowering time in their life by providing space for them to be just as they are.
During this one day camp, folx will learn about anatomy/physiology, changes that bodies go through during puberty, the menstruation cycle, a variety of menstrual products for most comfort, proper terminology about all bodies and an opportunity to learn more about their changing bodies in a safe and accepting environment.
Camp Includes: art, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, body awareness techniques, self care tools, sound healing, dance, health lectures, talking circles, Q & A, organic snacks/lunch, cultivating community & lots of fun.
Camp Participants will also leave with new friendships, anatomy packet, handouts, organic period care products from Seventh Generation and an original CMCB™ Zine full of local and global resources!
The Historical Coach House
211 21st St SW
Olympia, WA 98501
Our incredible board member and my co-facilitator Michele Drake did an amazing job educating about the menstrual cycle in our Conscious Minds – Conscious Bodies™ one-day camp on Feb 29. The girls enjoyed learning the details of our cycles as well as making a collage of their inner female anatomy. It is such a joy and honor to hold space for these girls to learn about their changing bodies in a safe, nurturing and empowering environment. We are changing the world one girl at a time! Our week long CMCB™ Camp is July 20-24 and our fall CMCB™ One-Day Camp is October 24, 2020.
"I loved making new friends in camp!" ~KP Age 13
"I loved learning new things." ~ES Age 11
"I liked feeling comfortable when talking about puberty. It's a weird time and I felt good about being in this camp." ~ND Age 10
"I loved coming back, thanks! ~BP Age 12
Morning artwork, icebreakers, meditation, breath work and yoga was awesome in our first Empowerment 4 Girls Day Camp in Montesano! After our delicious organic lunch we had our afternoon Guest Speaker.
Thanks to Environmental Educator and President of our Empowerment 4 Girls Board, Jennifer Johnson, for supporting our Self Care Day. Her presentation:
“‘Get Out of My Hair! Toxins in Personal Care’– Learn how to read labels and choose personal care products that keep you looking and smelling good while also protecting our water! We will make an all-natural lip balm to take home and share resources to make buying decisions easier.”
The girls loves learning about more natural body products such as Alaffia, as well as, how to read labels and where chemicals are often hidden like in the word “fragrance”.
They also loved making their very own peppermint lip balm and getting great resources such as the “Pocket Guide to Safer Personal Care Products”!
Testimonials from Montesano Camp:
"It's almost the best thing ever!" VM Age 13
"I honestly loved the experience here, thanks!" ED Age 11
"The whole day was fun, but the end was best with dancing!" PW Age 10
"I'm so glad I got to attend this camp. I love life even more now." DS Age 12
You Are Beautiful Brunch
Thank you to all the lovely folx that joined us for our You Are Beautiful Brunch on October 13. Because of YOU we raised over $10,000 for our future girls!
We are so grateful for ALL your support and encouragement. Special thanks to all the businesses and individuals that donated to our Live and Silent Auctions, Sandy Cavin, Hubers Gasthaus, the amazing In Kind Donations for food and beverages, Our incredible musicians Anjali Silva and David Deacon-Joyner, WSECU our Event Sponsor, Ivy Gentian our Teen Presenter and Climate Activist and our Board of Directors for a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate Empowerment 4 Girls!!!!
Use the search bar to search our database for resources and events.
Join the Tribe