I was a Smart-Girl when I was in middle school, and then a guide in high school, and now a Masters student seeking a degree in public health because I want to bring programming like this to all girls. My experience as a Smart-Girl participant is almost wholly responsible for my successful navigation of what can be an impossible time of life, my confidence in making the decisions that were right for me, and the strength to support others and ask for help when I needed it. I think that this program's structure and its thoughtful curriculum gives young women a safe space to ask the questions that plague all of us growing up, and gives them the tools to answer those questions healthily and for themselves.
My daughter attended a Smart Girl summer camp. She LOVED it! The counselors were wonderful. She benefitted so much from the activities on self-confidence. She's just started middle school, which can be a tough transition. She's doing extremely well - making friends, excelling in her school work, getting involved in school activities. Smart Girl helped to get her on the right path.
Our daughter, who was going into 6th grade, was part of this past summer's Smart Girl camp. We don't do too many camps for our children because we often find them over-priced and don't deliver quite the experience they promise. After a week of Smart Girl camp, our daughter was so thrilled with her experience. The camp far exceeded our expectations and we can't wait for her to participate again. We have already put some of the tools that she learned about coping with peers in class, boy/girl middle school maturity differences, and self image tools to the test after just two weeks in middle school. This camp was priced very fairly and I only wish that every girl in her sixth grade class had attended the camp. It was a great week and the women that run it were full of personality and knowledge.
My daughter did NOT want to go to this camp. She doesn't make friends easily and feels very self conscious in groups. By the end of the first day, she told me three friends she had made and three things she really likes about herself. The week just got better from there. By the graduation ceremony, she was already begging to come back next year, and could see herself as a counselor with the group when she's older.
I've been dreading her middle school experience for years -- apparently for naught. She is thriving, making friends and choosing friends who make her feel better, not just those who fit an image she thought she wanted. I credit SMART-Girl with that! See you next year.