Dear 4GIRLS Family,
4GIRLS writes today to convey our hope that you and your family are healthy and safe, express our gratitude for your engagement with our mission, and share a couple brief updates and reflections.
In some ways, our mission has never been more relevant. We will continue to empower middle school girls with confidence – even as we adjust our methods, which have always relied on the large and small group interaction of girls who do not know each other.
Because the health and safety of our girls are paramount, we postponed our Long Beach Workshop, scheduled for March 21 and 22.
With Californians living under the State’s “Stay at Home” order until at least April 19, we are evaluating when and how to hold our 10th Long Beach Workshop and assure safety and health of all who participate.
We’ll be in touch with you, our valued community, when we make any decisions.
Our mission has always struck a balance of our individual inspiration with collective responsibilities. Alumni of our Workshops have shared how they now stand up for victims of bullying, share food with classmates who have less and take leadership roles within their school, sports teams, families and communities. The impact of our work has significant implications for our local communities in the years ahead.
Thus, our mission remains: we empower the next generation with self-confidence, authenticity and resilience so they’re equipped to navigate through the uncertainty and respond to the complex challenges they will face as adults.
In closing, we’d like to ask each of you:
Since we’re now living in an era of social distancing and economic uncertainty, let us focus on social solidarity—not just within our families and immediate communities, but also with those who are most vulnerable and most marginalized. When individual girls are empowered, they effect positive changes on everyone around them.
Again, we are continuing to explore strategies of adjusting our empowerment models to an online world. Please be in touch if you have ideas on that front.
4GIRLS Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Chapter Leadership