Courageous Girls Club (CGC) is a nonprofit organization connecting mothers and their daughters (K-8) by supporting them to start their own Courageous Girls Club with other Moms and daughters, meet altogether once or twice a month, and choose from our website whichever issues/activities they want to tackle at each meeting based on their own interests and needs.
We offer 3 platforms to help empower Courageous Girls:
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POWERFUL GIRL DESIGN LAB - Through interactive activities we break down important issues that girls face today into 3 areas - The Science of Girls, The World of Girls, and the Art of Girls.
COURAGE FOR GOOD - Through volunteer partnerships and social entrepreneurship opportunities girls learn to identify, design and implement girl-led solutions to challenges that other people face.
COURAGE FOR OUR PLANET - Through adventure trips that challenge limits and promote environmental activism, Courageous Girls learn to (re)connect with nature and delve deeper into how they can better protect it.
Building a courageous community of girls (K-8), who together with their moms develop the skills to empower themselves in today’s society and use their power to help the world.
As we all know, we live in extraordinary times where the pressure to be a certain way has reached new heights. From the way we are supposed to look, to the way we are supposed to act, there is an invisible script to follow. Throw on top of this our modern skulls that house stone-age minds, plus our habits and attitudes that have developed over the years, and it's not hard to find a human steering along life subconsciously or on auto-pilot.
With this trifecta in mind, e.e. cumming's quote,
"it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are"
could not be more appropriate in the 21st century.
Courage is a decision.
It is courage that let's us look fear in the eye and still choose to act, even when it means exploring difficult emotions inside of us such as guilt, shame, and regret; and courage is also the one that let's us apologize, speak up and carve out our own path in life.
A big part of the Courageous Girls Club is to bring to light the invisible forces around us and within us that are trying to influence us in certain ways, bring awareness to the choices we have, help build up a skill-set that help us get there, and create a vision for the authentic stories we want to tell from our hearts.
OUR VISION FOR A COURAGEOUS GIRL:
1. Explores who she is - Learns to listen to her own heart, to get to know herself and her thoughts, feelings, strengths, weaknesses, dreams, fears, and aspirations. She learns to tune out societal and peer pressures, and figure out what her own unique voice is.
2. Feels her power to stand up for herself and represent herself and her thoughts and ideas to the world - she is armed with knowledge of the world and understands friendship/bullying dynamics, the complex messages girls receive from all forms of media, and through social and emotional skills learns how to transform stress, resolve conflicts, and fight against cultural norms she does not believe in.
3. Has the heart/courage to stand up for others, as a helper, friend, and as a change-maker.
THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF MOMS
Our Super Protectors
We all know the immense power of the mother-daughter relationship and its effects on the daughter's health, self-esteem, and relationships, among other things. For the most part, this relationship is fairly easy to sustain while young. However, how many of us have heard, especially if we have more than one daughter - "Wait till they are teenagers! You'll have your hands full then!"
The shift in the relationship to more independence is a natural course of life... but if you build the right foundation from an early age on, you can stay active in their lives in very important ways.
"Parent-child connectedness (PCC), a strong emotional bond between parent and child, is known in the public health world as a “SUPER PROTECTOR,” buffering adolescents from the many challenges and risks they face. Strong PCC protects against 33 negative adolescent outcomes such as unintended pregnancy; HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs); violence; depression; eating disorders; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; and poor academic achievement." -Parent-Child Connectedness in Our Communities by Planned Parenthood
Creating a safe space and an openness for inquiry from an early age on where you can tackle important issues together and share life experiences in the process, making this a habit that transfers from one year to the next, from elementary through middle to high school.
Building connection with your daughter(s) through exploring the different issues, volunteer opportunities and adventures together, and removing the obstacles of not knowing what to teach them.
Establishing a community of girls who share similar values of inquiry, who inspire each other and learn from each other's experiences.
Belonging to a supportive community of women where she can get to know the other mothers and expand her network of women she can learn from, look up to, and turn to for advice.
Continuing the conversations at home by building on the shared issues, discussions, and experiences from the Courageous Girls Club meetings.
The Power of Connection
“The pathway between adolescent social connection and well-being over a decade later illustrates the enduring significance of positive social relationships…
Happiness isn’t just about feeling good or having positive emotions.
It’s also an ability to deal with difficulties in life,
to feel involved in your community,
to recognize your own strengths,
and to perceive the life you’re living as one that’s meaningful.”
-Journal of Happiness Studies (Olsson C et al 2012)