Girl Talk Program
Girl Talk is a gender-specific, prevention education program for girls in grades 6 through 12 designed to:
- Inspire and promote self-love, self-esteem, and motivation
- Develop life skills, healthy coping skills, and decision-making skills
- Keep girls who are at risk out of the influence of gangs and drugs
- Inspire girls to further their education
Girl Talk was created to specifically attend to the needs of young girls in the inner-city. Girls in inner-city live in a large, diverse county that faces racial divides, gangs and drug activity, high unemployment rates, prisoners returning to communities, and disproportionate divisions of wealth. Girl Talk programming intends to prevent young girls from getting involved with these elements by building self-esteem and empowering them to make healthy choices. The goal of working with girls at the critical ages of 11 to 18 is to help them build self-esteem, develop life skills, and develop positive motivations so they are equipped with the tools to help them achieve their goals and avoid getting into trouble as they physically and developmentally mature. Specifically addressing the needs of girls in this age range fills a need in the inner-city.
This program was created because there is a need to empower girls. Girls today are exposed to sexual violence and abuse, domestic violence and abuse, relationship violence, unplanned pregnancy, drug use and abuse, prostitution, direct and indirect gang involvement, involvement with the criminal justice system, influential media exposure, unrealistic and unhealthy body expectations, inhibiting gender expectations, and poverty. Efforts to empower girls must be based on the belief that every girl deserves to love themselves and their body and to have opportunities that allow them to make choices that benefit themselves, their families, and their community.
The program covers the following topics:
Online Communication-Internet Safety
Careers and Jobs