Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending one of our Girls Club Meetings held in our partner schools. AusCam is very proud to announce that our Girl Clubs are now a part of the school system as we have worked very hard to have full support and partnership with the school directors.
The two leaders of this club in School #3 are confident and graceful. Although they were a little nervous at first, they quickly held their heads high and greeted the new participants of the club. With huge smiles, they asked each girl to stand and tell her name and a little about herself. We had over 32 girls join the club meeting yesterday.
The purpose of our Girls Clubs is to create a place where the girls themselves can take on more leadership roles and choose what topics the want to learn about. Whether it be Stress Management, knitting, cooking, dancing or oral presentations and so much more. Auscam's vision is to create spaces in the schools where the girls can empower themselves by learning what they want to learn, gaining new skills and opportunities and creating more choices for themselves.
That is what I witnessed yesterday!
The leaders of the club taught the girls how to make beaded bracelets. The girls broke up into groups and were very excited to exercise their creativity in choosing their special colours and designs. The participants looked to the leaders for their guidance. The girls were then taught how to make flower crafts. It was fascinating to see how chatty the girls were until the minute they begin this activity, they all got extremely quiet and focused. The room was silent as each girl was busily creating their flowers. The final product was a masterpiece.
It may sound like a simple day of crafts and art. However, do not be fooled.
One experience can spark a light. After this experience, the girls go home with two or three tangible beautiful creations that they made themselves. It is a constant reminder of the success they had, the focus they put in and the creative capability they all have inside of themselves.
The leaders of our Clubs are learning to be confident leaders. The participants are gaining amazing new skills and valuable lessons while forming bonds with their peers! This is hands on experiential learning in the school system which has the power to transform their minds, as well as their futures.
By Jenna Comontofski
Communication & Marketing Coordinator
AusCam Freedom Project
PROTECTION & EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION, MENTORING & LIFE SKILLS
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