YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
This #GivingTuesday, please consider joining me in supporting Empowerment 4 Girls with a donation. Together we make a difference in the lives of girls, giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to grow into empowered women. Your contribution, large or small, to core support funding will help to ensuring our ability to provide our life-changing programs to more girls in our Olympia community, and beyond. Together we are raising strong girls and building a stronger community.
I had the privilege to serve the girls at one of the summer camps. When I arrived, I was immediately moved by their sense of connection and safety in the container of this powerful circle that had been created by Kristen, the girls, and many volunteers and guest speakers. My intention was to support their heart connection. I was astounded to witness the magnitude of their capacity, amplified by the safety and flexibility of this circle.
I first invited them to experience self-love by saying "I Love You," to themselves. Then I asked them to find a body area (physical, mental or emotional) that could use more love, perhaps it was hurting, perhaps it was a part that just wanted more attention, that was sad, wherever they were drawn. I invited them to place their hands there and with their loving attention continue to repeat "I Love You," to this area. Well, can you guess what happened? The girls sat up after a few minutes and to their delight and surprise, the majority experienced a change of the areas in a way that felt supportive, or overall, they spoke to feeling altered in a life-affirming direction by giving themselves this love. And they all got it!
Some girls also shared that even when they weren’t the focus of the group, things shifted in them as well as, similar situations that they had endured arose and they felt them soften too, simply by being in this field of love.
How do we relate to each other when we are all self-empowered to meet the parts of us that are hurting with love rather than perceive ourselves as broken, project blame or give our power away to another to fix us or make us whole?
This is the world that Kristen Rubis and Empowerment 4 Girls is helping to create. And I am deeply honored to be a part of it.
Learn More About Summer Camps
A Huge Success at Our New Future Location
Our August Week-Long Empowerment Camp was the first at our new future location, The Coach House—next to the Historical Lord Mansion. The Coach House comes with breath-taking beauty and grounds, where the girls enjoyed playing outside when we could—due to smoke from the summer forest fires. We also enjoyed a priceless walk through the Native Plant Garden Trail with a local herbalist helping identify plants along the way. 20 girls attended camp in August and we were grateful to be able to provide 8 scholarships through our generous community donations.
One of the highlights of our August camp was on Friday, the last day. Sofie's Scoops, our local gelato shop, came and offered a Gelato Party in the Garden! FUN, FUN, FUN—the girls were so happy and grateful. Our Board Members also made food for the camp, and I'm happy to report that by the end of the week, we filled our 5 gallon bucket 3 times with compost!
A shout out to our 16 volunteers! Our August camp was effortless because of all of the support from local womxn in our community, teen support, as well as our board members.
Monday, August 20
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Cecily Schmidt
The girls will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the qualities that make them each unique. They will be guided through a short yoga practice and then write poems that express these unique characteristics that make them who they are. We will close by sharing parts or all of our poems with each other.
Tuesday, August 21
10:30 am — 11:30 am
Guest Yoga Instructor, Aly Long
“Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of Love” — We will practice asana, breath and meditation to focus on how we see ourselves. The practice will focus on loving ourselves right where we are in this moment and in every moment. Practice will include some partner and group poses.
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Elizabeth Swanson
“Body Image” — From my experience and as the mother of two girls, body image is an important topic to me. It’s impact on girls’ identity and confidence can’t be underestimated. I will talk about body image and the relationship we have with how our bodies look and how we feel others perceive us. We’ll also make an art project using self pictures and strong words of identity and confidence.
Wednesday, August 22
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Emily McMason
“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.
Thursday, August 23
10:30 — 11:30 am
Guest Yoga Teacher, Kelli Mae Willis
“Powerful Partnership” — We find our strength when we lift each other up. We will use the principles of partner yoga, circus, and acrobatics to embody the power of community. Participants will learn to find body shapes strong enough to hold the weight of a partner, while developing trust and courage to allow themselves to be supported. We will go upside down, laugh a lot, and hopefully everyone will experience something brand new!
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Kimberly Mueller
“The Power of Being a Female Engineer” — Sometimes it isn’t easy to feel like yourself when you are surrounded by people who seem different. I will talk about being a female engineer in a male dominated field. I will share a bit about what engineers do and will then focus on why staying true to yourself creates more fulfilling experiences at work. We will also do a fun engineering type activity.
Friday, August 24
1:15 — 2:30 pm
Guest Speaker, Jennifer Johnson
“Get Out of My Hair, Toxins in Personal Care” — Teens are a primary target for sale of personal care products – yet some ingredients used to make cosmetics, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and hair dye have been linked to cancer and may cause reproductive and environmental harm. We will discuss toxins in personal care products and alternatives teens can choose to protect themselves. We’ll learn about health concerns, how to read labels, helpful websites, and safer alternatives. The girls will make an all-natural lip balm to take home, to remind them they can keep looking and smelling good without toxic products!
July Summer Camp at The Abigail Stuart House
We were pleased to host our July Camp at a new location, The Abigail Stuart House. We loved having our own space and we particularly loved having lunch on the big, beautiful porch. 16 girls joined us for camp. Through our generous community donations, we were grateful to be able to provide scholarships to 3 of the girls.
One of the camp highlights was walking through the lovely flower gardens at Fertile Ground, a guesthouse in downtown Olympia, after our lunch. Our board members made food for our lunches and we received lots of compliments from the girls.
A shout out to our 9 volunteers! Our July camp was effortless because of all of the support from local womxn in our community, teen support, as well as our board members.
Monday, July 9
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Sarah Meyer
Building a growth mindset helps us build our own awareness about what brings us joy. In our time together we will explore 6 big questions that will help us create a practice of gratitude and growth. We will play a couple games, create a gratitude journal and develop our “I am” statements.
Tuesday, July 10
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
Guest Yoga Instructor, Rebekah Brems
Connection to breath with Sun Salutations. Focusing on Heart strengthening and opening with asanas and mudras. Writing exercise to bring awareness to one thing you love about yourself. However, you move body and mind either with yoga, dance, walking, writing, reading, etc., it creates space.
Wednesday, July 11
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Emily McMason
“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.
Thursday, July 12
Friday, July 13
1:30 — 2:30 pm
Guest Speaker, Kirstin Eventyr
“Making and using flower essence sprays” Learn how to use flower essence and essential oils sprays to support you in your life by helping you feel more confident, have better boundaries and let go of what doesn’t serve you. You will also get to make one of our own sprays.
JENNIFER JOHNSON, SECRETARY
EMPOWERMENT 4 GIRLS
I have wanted to write about #METOO, this seismic force of nature since the very first hashtags were rolling in and the silence cracked, women's’ whispers raised to a shout, deafening and destroying the protection of ego and fragility. I have wanted to write about it in many places and in so many ways—not to add anything new. I mean we all know this story inside and out and although I have said it out loud again and again to friends, sisters, husbands (mine and yours) acquaintances, and in an awkward moment of solidarity, a lady at the bank… I haven’t written it down yet, because, ugh, #METOO, am I right?!
Let it topple. We are here to rebuild.
"Breathe," I tell myself, triggered again and again. "Stay right here in your body and just breathe." Inhabiting my own empowerment through breath, voice, and being is not something that I take for granted. #METOO and #TIMESUP are powerful forces of nature, exposing the seething molten anger hiding underneath layers of barely stable mountain tops. "Let it topple," I say, "We are here to rebuild."
So many reasons…
As secretary for Empowerment 4 Girls (E4G), one of Olympia's newest nonprofits, I am keenly aware and involved with a group of some of the most dynamic women of our community. We are each a part of E4G for so many reasons:
- Some of us are seeking to empower our own children, our own lost selves. After all, we were girls once desiring and deserving empowerment.
- Some of us are learning what it means to step fully into the power of divine feminine flow and put our skills to magical use creating curricula and laughter.
- Some of us struggle with the hegemony in our current educational system and we see E4G as an opportunity to create a welcoming space for all female-identifying beings.
- Some of us are inspired by the possibility of teaching younger generations to create a new world built on awareness, love, and compassion.
Hope, Love, Faith, and Trust
We all have so many reasons to channel our hope, love, faith, and trust through this organization. #METOO is one of a zillion of my reasons; my focus on the future while we sort out the past so that we can empower the present with our voices, choices, surroundings. Bravely saying, "Me too, and I believe you, and I know it hurts," to the lineage of women who have lived without these hashtags for too long. Creating empowerment for girls is to honor and release the #METOOs, and create a future that will never accept it as the status quo.
PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EMPOWERMENT 4 GIRLS
Humanity is experiencing a deeper awakening of personal and social consciousness as our world becomes more transparent and more easily shared through social media and the web. As the norms of acceptable behavior are challenged and refined, calling out abuses that have for too long gone unchallenged, we recognize the need to improve our life skills, in order to continue fostering this powerful, positive shift in human evolution.
Empowerment 4 Girls is building a nonprofit organization that reaches girls everywhere. Through early intervention they are introduced to a critical curriculum for developing core life skills that support them as they grow into strong, healthy, women capable of loving and nurturing themselves, others and the world we all share.
Be Part of A Greater Solution
We are electing four board members this November; two Directors and two Officers. All Board Members are expected to commit to a 2-year minimum term and serve on at least one Committee during their term.
If you are called by this message to join us and aren’t already familiar with Empowerment 4 Girls, take some time to roam around our website to familiarize yourself with who we are and what we’re doing. We’d love to hear from you if you’ve got the time, energy and talent to join us in working towards this common vision!
Interested, but aren't sure?
Feel free to send us a note and ask questions. We'll get back with you asap.
- Submit your information and resume.
- All Applications will be reviewed between April 30 and July 15.
- Nominees will be notified by August 1.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Practical Advice for Parents
Expanding Your Horizons conferences have been held in cities across the United States. More than 625,000 young women have attended, participated, and enjoyed learning about career possibilities in the math and science fields in EYH events around the world since 1975. In Washington State, conferences are held in more than 10 cities throughout the year.
Our mission is to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Through Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Network programs, we provide STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.
The Network's programs are developed based on the following assumptions:
- In order to increase the participation of women in mathematics, science, and engineering careers, there must be an increase in the pool of qualified women.
- In order for young women to have the option to enter mathematics, science, and engineering careers, they need to choose to take the appropriate mathematics and science courses in high school.
- Intervention strategies are needed that increase the participation of girls in mathematics by nurturing enjoyment and confidence in mathematics, by connecting the value of mathematics to career opportunities, by providing career role models, and by actively encouraging girls to persevere in mathematics coursework.
Financial support comes from membership dues and donations and grants from corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Currently Expanding Your Horizons conferences are held in 31 states and in Europe and Asia.
A DANCE PARTY TO WARM UP WINTER
PLUS Chili with all the Fixings!
Friday, February 2, 2018
805 4th Ave
The event space was generously donated by Tom Liederbach.
Tickets $25-$100 Per Family
A SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING EVENT
WHAT A FUN NIGHT!
And a BIG thank you to Tom Liederbach for being our event Sponsor AND our amazing DJ!
Thanks to the Eagles Ballroom and Conference Center for an awesome event space.
Thanks to all our Board Members for all your support. What a fun night, woot!
Join us for an evening of public playback theater with the Heartsparkle Players as they collaborate with Empowerment 4 Girls.
Celebrate 20 years of public performance playback theater—an original form of improvisation where members of the audience tell true stories, then watch them performed live on stage.
Friday, December 8, 2017
7:30 — 9:00 pm
Tickets $7 — $12
(No one turned away)
300 5th Ave SE
We are honored that The Heartsparkle Players has gifted Empowerment 4 Girls an honoraian and four free tickets for this event.
We extend their support to our Empowerment 4 Girls community by offering four free tickets for this event, to the first four people that send a request.
Kristen Rubis, Excutive Director
GIRL POWER ROCKS!
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