I am so often asked, "But what about the boys??" Obviously our work is girl-focused, but changing our culture isn't a girl or woman's job - it's all of our responsibility! We were so grateful to see so many people of so many different ages, genders, new parents, grandparents… and especially so many dads at our Teen Wisdom Panel! But what about the teen boys? There was ONE!
One young man bravely attended our event. One. Were all the other teen boys too intimidated? Unwilling? Uninterested? Did their parents assume this wasn't for them, or that they wouldn't want the inside scoop on teen girls? What were all the other teen boys so busy doing with their Friday night, while we were having our hearts opened wide by the inherent wisdom of teen girls? I am so curious.
Our 1st annual Teen Wisdom Panel was a huge success! Our event included a panel of our teen girls who have spent the last 8 years in a girls group + about 100 guests. We designed this event to reveal the incredible wisdom within this age and stage of life, and how - with the right support - that wisdom is expressed.
Topics included authenticity, leadership & resilience, stress & anxiety, body image, sexism, advice to parents, our younger selves & future generations. We also debuted a teen-made film about our group, and started recording for our 2nd short film about empowering teen girls by raising their voices through events like these. We also hosted a fabulous raffle and received a significant matching grant! Holy Moly! We are feeling so proud of how it turned out!
Folks came up to all of us afterwards with tears in their eyes. When I debriefed with the girls, we remarked how "ordinary" the whole thing felt to us, and how much more there is to share. They all agreed, "That was barely the tip of the iceberg!" The girls are feeling grateful to be witnessed, inspired by your support, and EMPOWERED!
Thank you everyone ~ the girls, their families, our sponsors, and everyone who donated to our cause. Congrats to all the raffle winners too! We could not do this without you. AND... We reached our minimum fundraising goal! Combining donations from the event and our anonymous donor, we raised over $4,000 for scholarships. We are celebrating, but you can still contribute...
Please consider donating to our scholarship fund, and supporting girls who would otherwise not have access to this work.
We are so grateful for the many hands that make hard work!
Alliance for Girls
Anonymous matching donor
David Brower Center
Full Belly Farm
Frog Hollow Farm
Global Youth Peace Summit
Junebug and Darlin
Monkey Business & Girls On The Go Camps
Soul Flower Farm
Stepping Stones Project
The incredible teens & families that we are lucky to serve.
Thank you! We couldn’t have done this without your support and trust in our vision!
That epic moment before it all begins!
This is us at the end of the event, realizing we didn't even take any pictures!!! Flower-overload in the elevator, and a final pic as we left : )
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I am honored to be joined by a dear mentor and colleague Diana Divecha, on Tuesday April 16th in Berkeley, for a free discussion we are hosting on adolescent development. We'll cover all the common topics - stress, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, "success" and an everyday understanding of the connection between developmental psychology and rites of passage. We will also leave time for parent-led Q+A.
Parents, educators, therapists, guides... all are welcome. Please join us!
Tuesday April 16th, 7-9pm @ Terra's Temple
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EMILY FROST is an artist and mentor working with youth and families in the Bay Area. She is the founder of LOVE YOUR NATURE, a movement devoted to girls and women awakening to their inherent wisdom, power, and purpose.