The objective of the 8 week EmpowerU Mentorship program is to provide adolescent girls between ages 12-16 years an opportunity to participate in a coordinated, ongoing series of high-quality activities and learning experiences that help them to achieve social, emotional, and physical well-being. Girls are paired with a local, female role model and participate in community service projects, physical fitness classes and and enrichment activities. They will attain the ability to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-confidence and self-esteem to create a positive change in their life and the lives of others.
Dates and Classes
Mentors will meet the students at each location. Classes are 2 hours in length. One hour presentation and one hour activity. Mentors will hold students accountable to fitness and nutrition goals throughout 8 week class.
WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTION & GOAL SETTING
Objective: Introduce parents and students to the curriculum, explain goals and benefits of gym membership. Mentors help students set goals for next 12 weeks and how to sustain goals after completion of program. Discuss body image and why it’s important to focus on what your body can do, not what it looks like.
WEEK TWO: NUTRITION
Objective: The foods they eat affect their growth. They are responsible for what they eat. They are responsible for their level of physical activity. They can set goals and make decisions to improve their health.
WEEK THREE: CONFIDENCE
Objective: Demonstrate understanding, friendliness, adaptability, empathy, and politeness in group settings. Examine, clarify, and apply positive values and ethical principles. Build self-esteem by discovering their unique abilities and characteristics. Develop positive attitudes toward school and toward lifelong learning.
WEEK FOUR: DEALING WITH DIFFICULT FEELINGS
Objective: To increase awareness of emotions, understand and manage feelings and identify times when emotions have been felt.
WEEK FIVE: SELF CARE
Objective: Self-care is anything you enjoy doing that helps make you happy and maintains your physical, mental or emotional health. It’s when you take the time to take care of yourself. Lesson: Discuss different activities students can engage in to help ease stress and care for oneself and participate in yoga exercises.
WEEK SIX: SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Objective: Provide students with scientific facts and engage them in critical thinking about how drugs affect different parts of the body, including the brain, as well as the nonphysical effects on their lives (e.g., difficult relationships, poor grades, problems with friends).
WEEK SEVEN: TEAMWORK
Objective: Explain and show elements for effective teamwork: Commitment and Trust, Communication, Diversity of Capabilities, Adaptability, Creative Freedom.
WEEK EIGHT: DIVERSITY
Objective: Understanding and valuing the perspectives, behaviors and needs of people from all backgrounds.
WEEK NINE: EMPATHY & COMPASSION
Objective: Role play situations that teach both “Cognitive empathy” (described as: the ability to mentally think about things from another person’s point of view and “Affective empathy” (the ability to recognize and respond to others’ feelings appropriately).
WEEK TEN: MEDIA SMARTS
Objective: To encourage students to develop their own critical intelligence with regard to culturally inherited stereotypes, and to the images presented in the media and fully grasp the dangers of posting personal information, sexting and cyberbullying.
WEEK ELEVEN: COMMUNITY
Objective: Provide an opportunity for students to learn and grow into valuable members of society.
WEEK TWELVE: STRONG BODY-STRONG MIND (EVALUATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS)
Objective: Highlight successes and lessons from past 11 weeks, analyze fitness goals, perform post-assessments with mentor and write a take-away plan to help students continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
Registration Fee: $160 plus online fee. Includes: T-shirt, Snacks, Hands-On Activities, Paired Mentor, Personalized Goals, Empowerment Speakers, 2 Month Membership to any Genesis Health Club with Tennis Lesson, Swim Lesson, Four personal training classes, nutritional class and family discount with grandfathered rate after 8 week class commences. Financial assistance available – email email@example.com.