The Children's Village has finally kicked off the the girls club in Harlem! After much anticipation and preparation the girls will now have their voices and thoughts heard along with others around the world.
There aren't enough words or phrases to express my excitement of facilitating the program for girls in our afterschool program. Going into it, I wasn't confident that my persona as the "drill sergeant" of the program would be able to keep the girls engaged, so I won them over with snacks. Nothing soothes the soul like delicious grapes, stawberries, cookies and juice. The girls loved them.
The girls received composition books that will be used to jot down notes and complete assignments. They came up with ground rules for the group and learned interesting facts about one another. Some of the interesting facts were Arianna has a dog named "Shayla" and Jayla has a dog named "Seven" the girls will later be quizzed on the things they learned about their peers.
Overall the girls loved the first session and are extremely excited about the future ones. Many remarked that they wanted the program to run two days a week. Ideally, two days a week would be great; however, my schedule doesn't allow for me to run the program at that frequency.