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Teen forum to help pre-teen girls and their parents

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Sometimes parents are left guessing how their kids feel about relationships, money management, bullying, and self esteem. But an event called Girls Power the World at UE on June 15 aims to help clear the air.  

It's for girls ages 9-12 and their parents. This event is designed to help girls build skills and attitudes that will give them the confidence they need to move successfully through the high school years and as they enter college and pursue a career.

Meanwhile, parents will gain insights to better support their daughters during this critical period in their lives.

The event starts at 7:30 a.m. and goes until 12:30 p.m. at the University of Evansville's Ridgeway University Center. 

At Girls Power the World, girls will participate in three of the available four sessions: self-defense skills, financial literary and management, interview skills, and self-image and relationship sessions.

Parents can attend three of the following sessions: relaxation techniques, money management skills parents should teach girls, building a positive relationship with your daughter, and the impact of media on girls' self-esteem and bullying issues.

During the event, girls and their parents will also be asked to share their opinions and ideas in video vignettes that will be used to create a short documentary, to be posted on YouTube and the Girl Scout Web site as well as shared with area high schools. The documentary will highlight issues discussed at the event as well as solutions to pressing issues that were suggested by girls and their parents.

Cost is $5 per family. For more information or to register for Girls Power the World, find the event on Facebook or email girlspowertheworld@gmail.com.

Girls Power the World was developed and organized by Castle High School senior Mary Lynn Dennis, as her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, requires completion of a Take Action Project that addresses a community need and seeks to produce lasting, positive sustainable change through involving others in the effort.

Dennis developed this project after attending the Girls World Forum, an international meeting of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world that focused on three of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals—environmental sustainability, gender equality and empowerment, and world hunger. 

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