GEM Girls Empowerment Movement Update
Creative writing, emotional intelligence, and a dance workshop kicked off the Girls' Empowerment Movement (GEM) Programs in Nelson and Kaslo!
In Nelson, Rayya Leibich joined GEM to lead the girls through nature-based creative poetry writing. And Melody Lucian came to offer activities based on Compassionate Communication (also known as Non-Violent Communication/NVC), where the girls explored how their needs and feelings are related in important ways.
In Kaslo, dance instructor and movement educator Ashala Yardley led the girls through dance activities, drawing from contact dance, body language understanding, and tribal belly dance. It was a high energy first day with lots of giggling!
Both programs have drawn girls from a variety of schools as well as a few homeschoolers, creating a cross-pollination of ideas. As girls this age begin to really explore their identities and social relationships, the GEM program is a supported space for girls to step outside their daily peer groups and gain new perspectives on who they are and who they want to become.
This photo shows the 'girl code' group agreements that the girls created together.