Vivian ChuiOmineca Express
Whether it is in the kitchen, on the street, or in front of the mirror, Fraser Lake girls can learn to kick butt this October.
The Village of Fraser Lake is launching its four-session Girl Power program for the second time after a successful pilot-run in the spring of 2014, said Amber Carter, the Village’s Recreation Director.
For girls aged 14 to 18, the program aims to empower and help participants build confidence in preparation for life after high school.
“It shows them different tools and empower them since they’re moving out,” Carter said, as the program includes budget-on-a-dime advice.
Girl Power provides an opportunity for participants to talk about topics otherwise not discussed in school and at home, said Courtney Vala, a facilitator of the program.
“It teaches confidence and self-esteem,” Valla said. “How to carry yourself as a woman.”
The idea for Girl Power came from the Omineca Safe Home Society, which hosted youth empowerment programs Valla had attended when she was in grade eight, she added.
“It was really cool,” Valla said. “We want to repeat that for Fraser Lake.”
With sessions on personal hygiene, health, self-esteem, and sex, Girl Power will involve public health speakers, beauticians, as well as local fitness experts.
This year’s participants will also benefit from a self-defense session from a local RCMP member — a new addition to the program, Carter said.