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Strong Girls, Strong Leaders Workshops to be Offered to Residents

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, January 16, 2014 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Girls Leadership Institute, a national non-profit that teaches skills to girls, will be offering opportunities for families in Livingston to attend their 2014 workshops.

The workshops, for parents and girls from kindergarten through middle school, will be held in several Livingston Public Schools. The schools will host all community members who wish to take part. Registration is beginning for the Livingston workshops being offered in February and March. Scholarship assistance is available. Learn more about the workshops and GLI by clicking here.

Best-selling author Rachel Simmons and educator Simone Marean founded the Girls Leadership Institute over a decade ago to help parents in raising confident and kind young women. Simmons is author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. This past fall, Marean presented a well-received “Resilient Girls” program in Livingston. That event led to these parent-daughter workshops.

The workshops being offered are as follows:

- K/1 Grade Workshop at Collins Elementary School, 67 Martin Road
Tools for Sunny & Cloudy Days with Friends; Thursdays: Feb. 20, Feb. 27 March 6, March 13; Cost: $170 includes tuition for both parent and child for the four-week series

It’s never too early to start to learn and practice social-emotional intelligence skills. Parents and daughters will bond and explore healthy relationships through interactive games and stories. Girls and parents will build the foundation of a common language to advocate for themselves and understand true friendship behaviors.

- 2/3 Grade Workshop at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, 11 Broadlawn Drive
Nine Tools for True Friendship; Wednesdays: March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26; Cost: $200 includes tuition for parent and child for the four-week series

Like any pursuit—soccer, dance or writing poetry—developing social-emotional intelligence and learning authentic self-expression takes practice. Through games and discussions parents and daughters will learn and practice how to explore and share feelings, communicate authentically, and make healthy relationship choices.

- 4/5 Grade Workshop at Riker Hill Elementary School, 31 Blackstone Drive
Say How You Feel. Ask For What You Need; Tuesdays: March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25; Cost: $200 includes tuition for parent and child for the four week series

Fourth and fifth grade are often the years in which girls experience significant shifts in their self-confidence and increasing social pressures to conform. It is this transitional age where girls’ voices tend to become silenced. Parents and daughters will practice using the skills of assertive self-expression through activities, discussion, and paired scenarios. The workshop gives girls and parents the opportunity to have fun, to bond, and to work together to explore the importance of healthy and productive conflict.

- 6/7 Grade Workshop at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, 11 Broadlawn Drive
Be Who You Are. Say What You Mean; Wednesdays: Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5, March 12; Cost: $265 includes tuition for both parent and daughter

As girls become young adults, the ability to be resilient in the face of challenges, to own mistakes, and to set a strong internal compass for healthy friendships and relationships is critical. In this workshop, parent-daughter pairs will practice skills to build and strengthen their authentic voice. Girls and parents will have the opportunity to bond and have fun in a safe environment, and develop a common language to face challenges together.

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