Girl Scouts of Connecticut Host Successful Anti-Bullying Conference
September 24, 2012
Approximately 44 girls and 26 adults attended Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s anti-bullying conference, held at Shelton Intermediate School on Saturday, September 22.
The conference, for girls in grades 6-12 and adults, featured a variety of workshops and activities ranging from bullying prevention strategies, building positive self-esteem, and learning about social media and empowerment. The conference’s keynote speaker was Alison Hill, Founder and Managing Partner of Critical Issues for Girls, former manager of GSUSA P.A.V.E. the Way (Project Anti-Violence Education), and co-author of GSUSA’s aMAZE Journey guide.
Hill said the conference and ongoing programs like Girlz R.U.L.E.® are important in shaping girls’ attitudes, not just locally, but globally as well.
“Changing the way we act towards each other is a step on the path to changing the way society treats women and girls,” she said.
Girlz R.U.L.E.® is a program that focuses on four key words: Respect, understand, lead, and empower. Through a series of challenge initiatives, girls learn the positive and negative impact of their words and how to build healthy relationships with one another through a six to eight week series.