Third Annual This Girl Event Planned at Heritage School
Two years ago Heritage School started its “This Girl” program for girls at the school. Workshops, talks and activities are all geared toward helping students improve their self-esteem and realize their own individual worth.
This Girl 2015 kicks off Jan. 19 with guest speaker Kimber Simpkins, an author who presents workshops on body image.
“Kimber battled eating disorders and wrote the book ‘Full,’” said Heritage’s Clinical Therapist Shalice Lloyd. “She does workshops ranging from two to 24 hours – a lot on body image, self esteem, loving yourself and how to let go of stress and anger.”
Shalice said Simpkins will give two workshops at Heritage, each three and a half hours long, speaking to and doing yoga with the girls.
This Girl will have two other components at the kickoff on the 19th. Mialisia jewelry company is donating a charm bracelet to each of the 50 girls at Heritage. They will have the opportunity to create their own bracelets with CEO Annelise Brown during one of the rotations of the day.
The third workshop will include creating sustainable feminine hygiene kits for the Days for Girls organization, according to Shalice. Girls will cut out, iron, sew and assemble kits to send to third world countries where young women do not have easy, affordable access to feminine hygiene supplies.
Brenda Johnson, residential director, said girls will also learn self-defense moves as part of the day’s events. The PIT Elevated, an Orem, Utah business that emphasizes mixed martial arts training, will provide self-defense training after a break for dinner.
This Girl 2015 will continue throughout the year with monthly speakers and workshops. The program is funded by anonymous, generous donors.