Wednesday 13 August 2014

Year 8s Empowered

Adolescence can often be a trying time in people’s lives. The pressure students face to succeed, not only academically but socially, physically and emotionally can be challenging.

On Monday 11 August, Year 8 students participated in a series of gender based workshops which aimed to equip students with the necessary skills to help them navigate their way through this tumultuous time of their lives.

The boys participated in the ‘Odyssey Program’, an innovative and inspiring program which included sessions on identity and masculinity, emotions and feelings, decision making, sexuality and relationships. The program aims to develop self-confidence and motivation towards their studies as well as offer powerful strategies for advanced understanding and dealings with adolescent issues they face on a day to day basis.

Wherever they look, girls are bombarded with advice about what to eat, how to act, how to look, how to please and how to be liked. Magazines, television, movies, websites and social media all dispense information and ‘advice’ to the often vulnerable and impressionable young girls.

The ‘Butterfly Effect’, is a program designed to empower and inspire teenage girls. The workshops were designed to recognise the diverse interests of girls and encourage them to be critical thinkers, to find their own voice and feel powerful in a complex world.