Dr. Joel Martin

Dr. Joel Martin

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Ahwatukee Foothills residents have the opportunity this weekend to join in a personal growth and empowerment workshop taught by a leader in the field.

Hosted by Ahwatukee Children's Theatre (ACT), the workshop will be run by Dr. Joel Martin and is called "How To Be Your Own True Self; Not The Media's Version Of You." Martin is an experienced life trainer and president of Triad West. She has traveled the world, speaking to employees of Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and more.

Martin says one of the focuses of this workshop will be to talk about how people are portrayed in the media and how that image is not always an accurate representation of the real world.

"What's the impact on you when you see movies and music?" she said. "We talk about, how does that show up in your life. The goal is to make people become aware of the importance of who they are."

Martin will facilitate a dialogue intended to bring out these preconceived notions about how advertising and movies affect our day-to-day lives. She will tie it into how it affects our interactions, and touch on how it can create intolerance and bullying.

"I'm concerned, and the driver of this workshop is about the stereotypes young people are living, which can lead to bullying," she said. "People that come to this workshop will be inspired and informed and educated about how young people can be their own true self."

Martin was invited back by ACT employee Yvette Dickson, who hosted her once before in a smaller setting.

"She is very real and has a real approach in terms of how she motives and how she delivers her presentation," Dickson said. "She is sincere and you really feel that she knows what she is talking about."

Anyone is invited to attend, but Dickson said that they are recommending only those 10 years and older. The event takes place at ACT, 5051 E. Elliot Road, on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Martin added, "Be ready to let your creativity shine."

To register, call ACT at (480) 705-9319 or email actregister@yahoo.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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