Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies™
This curriculum, aligned with OSPI (WA Health standards, same thing?) standards and reviewed by Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council is designed for girls ages 9-16. Objectives are to empower girls on their path through puberty and beyond and create a community of support as they develop and thrive. Girls will learn body awareness and safety, personal boundaries; theirs and others, and receive body-positive messages to cultivate confidence and trust.
Camp facilitators and community leaders offer trauma-informed guidance as we explore our bodies: normalizing all pubescent changes, learning the correct and respectful anatomical names, and their changes and creating opportunities for role-playing and practicing the importance of respectful communication about our own body's needs and how to respect and honor the needs of others’. Gender identity and expression are discussed as well as the respect of all human bodies on the planet. Our goal is to empower girls to recognize the power of their choices and their voices and support other girls to do the same.
Monday, July 29
ANATOMY / MENSTRUATION / BODIES: Guest Teacher, Michele Drake
Michele Drake (she/her) believes in education as both empowerment and
preventative health care. In her work as a public school teacher and foster youth counselor, Michele is passionate about cultivating critical thinking, empathy, and
communication skills for young people. In addition to serving youth in our community, Michele is a fertility awareness educator. She believes that body literacy is an inalienable right—that all people should have access to accurate, unbiased information about their bodies so that they can make informed consent decisions for their heal
Tuesday, July 30
SELF IMAGE: Guest Teacher, Sara-ann Swanson
The Inner Beauty presentation sheds light on how so much of the images of females in
media are altered in some way. Learn how some of what we see is unrealistic and begin a conversation about the value of uniqueness. We all have features that make us all different and all uniquely beautiful. Unique beauty is True beauty.
Wednesday, July 31
CONSENT / BOUNDARIES: Guest Speakers, Grace Wark & Josephine Petricola
Grace Wark and Josephine Petricola are trained Teen Council members and have
presented at schools and events in Thurston County. They will lead a peer-to-peer
interactive workshop exploring consent. Essential questions for this work include:
1. What are ways we can ask for and express consent or non-consent?
2. What are ways we can protect ourselves, friends, and other people in our community.
Thursday, August 1
GENDER IDENTITY /SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Guest Teacher, El Sanchez
El Sanchez is a queer/transgender non-binary/Indigenous/Latinx, writer, community activist and stand-up comedian who has been working as a facilitator and LGBTQ+ youth advocate with Olympia-based LGBTQ+ non-profit organization Pizza Klatch
since 2018. El will present a workshop designed to give a gentle introduction to pre-teen and teenage youth on:
1. The general definitions of various gender identities, sexual orientations and gender pronouns.
2. To answer any questions they may have about gender, pronouns and sexual orientation.
3. To provide some guidelines on how to be a better ally to those folx whose gender identities and sexual orientantations they may not share.
Friday, August 2
RELATIONSHIP / RESILIENCY: Guest Teacher, Sarah Meyer
We will all face challenges in our lives and may feel overwhelmed at times. Create habits that build your resiliency so when you are faced with a challenge you feel empowered to work through any challenge. In this session we will focus on building resilient habits, talk about the importance of gratitude, circles of support, self-talk, and goal setting.
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