The Summit School of Ahwatukee will be hosting a workshop, called GirlPower, on Monday, Oct. 21, which aims in the assistance of empowering young women with language skills and self-confidence to develop healthier friendships in their lives.

There will be two different workshops offered during the GirlPower event: Fuzzies and Friends (grades first and second) where participators do different role-playing scenarios, learning the basics of friendship and the difference of a healthy and unhealthy friendship.

The Fuzzies and Friends will be from 3:45 to 5 p.m., and costs $25 per person or $50 for mother and daughter.

There will also be a different workshop during the night, called The Language of Friendship, where through interactive parent-daughter activities, parents will learn effective ways to put out “friendship fires,” help their daughter gain confidence and love their selves.

The Language of Friendship will be from 6 to 8 p.m., and costs $35 per person or $70 for mother and daughter.

“I had been working with two parents on creating an event for our girls and their parents that addressed ‘mean girl’ behavior, so that we could work together to prevent it and address it effectively when we observed it happening in our community. One parent learned that GirlPower facilitators were going to be in the Phoenix area presenting to other schools, so we started looking at whether this would fit our vision for an event that would educate both girls and their parents about relational aggression, provide specific skills for dealing with problems between friends, and empower girls to create and maintain healthy relationships for life,” Summit School of Ahwatukee’s Cara English said.

English believes that by hosting the GirlPower workshop, both parents and daughters will benefit in numerous ways, and that daughters are more likely to speak with their parents on matters they might never have spoken about in the past.

“GirlPower inspires and empowers girls to develop a strong sense of self, and gives them tools to foster friendships that are supportive, mutually respectful, transparent, and rooted in integrity. Girls will learn how to put out ‘friendship fires’ (conflicts) with kindness and respect. The program speaks to the hot topics that girls deal with on a daily basis — telling secrets, birthday parties, gossip, eye-rolling, alliance-building, exclusion, relational aggression and other girl drama.” English said. “What we love about the GirlPower program is that parents learn side-by-side with their daughters. The workshops give parents and girls a common language for talking about friendship, helping them connect and open up those lines of communication.”

For more information about GirlPower and to register, visit www.urstrong.com.

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

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