Monday, March 13, 2017

Girls Empowerment in February

There were a lot of great activities to be had in February during our Girl's Empowerment After School programs.

Team building and cooperation are invaluable tools for the girls to learn early on. One way that we have them build up those skills are through games. The girls were tied together at the wrists and then tasked with creating a delicious bagel pizza snack for the day. They had to assign roles, coordinate their movements, and make sure that they had enough made for everyone to have the tasty snack.

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We continued to develop this skill through a poetry activity. The girls worked as a group to create works of poetry line by line. The first participant started the poem off and each successive girl added her own spin to the poem .

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Participants were once again able to take a trip to the Apple Store for a workshop, this time on video production. They worked in groups to plan shoot and edit a video using iPads, Macs, and iMovie. They had free reign to decide what kind of video they wanted to make one was a documentary , one a thriller, and one a music video journey through the apple store. The girls really loved learning a new skill and had a lot of fun getting creative with their group videos.


For Valentine's Day the girls had a special project lined up. They incorporated LEDs into Valentine's Day cards and favors for their loved ones. They made flowers, pop-up cards, valentines, and others.

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The girls also learned a simple way of transforming their cell phones into a Virtual Reality experience. They cut and assembled cardboard VR holders, fit the lenses into the viewers, and attached velcro fasteners to complete the base design. They then were able to decorate their holders with sequins, pom-poms, pictures, and anything else that they wanted to use to create their custom viewer.

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Next month will bring more collaborations, new experiments, and great art projects.