New program promotes self-esteem for girls

The Supergirlz program empowers young women through games and activities



“We are all born so beautiful, the greatest tragedy is being convinced we are not,” writes Canadian poet Rupi Kaur.  In our increasingly digital age, women are constantly bombarded with unrealistic standards of beauty through advertising and on social media. But Supergirlz, a new program for young girls in St. Henri, aims to promote self-esteem and female empowerment.

Through different games and activities, program creator I-yatah Holness says the goal is for young girls to build confidence and self-love while having fun. With a background in education coupled with her own personal experiences, Holness saw the need to create a safe space for girls between the ages of 6 and 12.

The program will run every Saturday for eight weeks from Jan.14 until March 4. Girls will participate in games to encourage teamwork and communication.  For example, in the game called  “feelings charade” one participant will pick a card with a feeling or emotion on it and must silently act it out while the rest of the girls try to guess what it is. After the feeling has been correctly guessed, the girls discuss whether they think it is a positive or negative feeling and the reasons why. Other interactive activities include science experiments and acting out stories the girls have created.

There will be three, one-hour sessions every Saturday for girls ages 6 and 7, 8 to 10 and 11 and 12. They will take place at Centre Communidée, 137 St. Ferdinand St., Suite 153. 

For more information, call 450-651-7883 or email supergirlzfun@gmail.com. 

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