Author: Lynn Johnson

I am a theater artist and social entrepreneur dedicated to building strong connections of creative & compassionate people to bring about

Activity: Honorary Go Girls!

What do all of these folks have in common?  They all showed the world just how amazing they were by the time they 18 years old!  Both historical and contemporary, these bold and brave women and girls inspire us to #BeAmazing ourselves.

This Women’s History Month, we have identified 12 “Honorary Go Girls!” who have changed/are changing history by being true to themselves and following their dreams.

We invite you to:

  1. Download the Honorary Go Girls! 2016 PDF.
  2. Learn about these 12 inspirational girls/women.
  3. Answer the reflection questions associated with each story.
  4. Share your reflections with us here on the blog, on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #BeAmazing.

Anyone can participate.   It doesn’t matter your age, these Go Girls! can motivate all of us to move a little closer to our best selves!

 

 

 

#BeAmazing & The 10th Anniversary of Glitter & Razz

Did you know that 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of our business, Glitter & Razz Productions?

Back in 2006 when Allison and I made the bold & brave decision to take this little summer camp we had be doing for a few years in San Francisco and turn it into something bigger.  We registered our business name, got our tax id number, opened a bank account, and set up shop.

Allison and me in one of our very first promotional photos for Glitter & Razz.
Allison and me in one of our very first promotional photos for Glitter & Razz.

This is why this year’s theme – #BeAmazing – is so important to us.  After a decade of saying yes to ourselves and our vision, celebrating our successes, learning from our failures, and working with hundreds of amazing kids, families, and teaching artists – we know first hand just how powerful and impactful it is when women and girls take center stage.  The idea behind our #Be Amazing theme is that 600 girls will take a virtual journey across Earth, Water, Sky, and Space declaring just how amazing we are.  Imagine the changes that kind of declaration can have on our world!

So, when we thought about how to best capture the spirit of this this theme, we, of course, turned to an artist.  And not just any artist.  We called Hannah Hammond-Hagman.  Hannah was the very first art teacher we ever hired back in 2003 – before we were a business of our own – running “Glitter & Razz Summer Theater Workshops” at the Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco.  We LOVED Hannah.  Everyone did!  So much so that we worked together for a couple of years and became good friends.  Allison and I have a number of Hannah’s pieces in our home, including original multi-media pieces that she created especially for our wedding in 2006 (yes…another important 10 year anniversary!)

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2016 Camp Poster

Because of all of this, I knew that Hannah was the perfect person to create our #BeAmazing image.  She enthusiastically agreed to do it (with a very tight turnaround, thank you very much) and now this gorgeous piece of art exists in the world.  I am honored that the original 30in x 22in piece is hanging in our home and I am grateful that I get to share it with all of you as part of our camp posters and postcards (graphic design by the very talented Jessica Arana).

The Go Girls! Camp #BeAmazing Expo:

To introduce #BeAmazing to our community, we are hosting a free event in San Francisco that we would love for you to attend – The Go Girls! Camp #BeAmazing Expo will be held at the Innovation Hangar on Saturday March 19 from 10am-12pm.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, there will be games and play and art-making for the entire family as well as some education about girls and women who have dared to declare themselves and change the world.  We hope to see you there!

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

HHHpicHannah Hammond-Hagman is a working artist residing in her Midwestern hometown after years on the East and West coasts. In her work over the past twenty years in arts education and arts and cultural non-profits, she has had the privilege to work with students from kindergarten to college age in the classroom and out in the community.  She remains committed to producing and designing creative curriculum and events that promote creative economic development and placemaking from the neighborhood level to the state level. She believes in the power of the arts to transform lives and communities, and nourishes this idea in her pedagogical practice, her studio practice, and her personal life.

Most recently, she has co-founded Community Supported Arts Valparaiso, a program that supports local artists in the creation of new works by selling future shares from those artists. The program has grown regionally in its second year. Learn more at csartvalpo.com.

Hannah earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in her hometown with her husband and son.

Take Center Stage: A Free Webinar for Educators

Wednesday February 17 at 3:30pm EST

In this free 45-minute online webinar, I will share:

  • The story behind Go Girls! Camp and how we have inspired hundreds of Bay Area girls (and boys) over the past decade
  • The art & science of our Go Girls! Culture Code, our 5-point social/emotional methodology that helps girls step into their peaceful and powerful selves:
    • Say Yes! – I am ready for anything.  I say yes to keep the fun going.  I say no to keep myself safe.
    • Give & Take – I give to others and I am happy.  I take in the good and I am healthy.  I am a Go Girl! and I belong.
    • Make Mistakes – I am not perfect.  I celebrate myself for learning and trying.  I get to grow and change.
    • Feel My Feelings – I feel happy and angry and everything in between.  I can act calm…even if I’m not.  I am just right as I am.
    • Take Center Stage – I make bold and brave choices.  I have the power of my voice, body & imagination.  I am part of the whole play.
  • A few practical examples of how we integrate social/emotional learning and the arts to create a learning environment that is safe, loving, and fun while also providing opportunities for healthy risk-taking
  • Ways to get your students involved in our programs including: Go Girls! Camp (for rising 1st-4th graders), our Go Girls!/Reel Stories (for rising 5th and 6th graders) and our Go Girls! Leadership Team (rising 7th-9th graders)
  • Answers to any questions you have!

When you RSVP, you will be entered to win a free spot in one of our camp sessions for a girl of your choice!

If you are interested but cannot attend the live webinar, please RSVP anyway. 

That way, you will receive a link to the recorded webinar and can watch it whenever it is convenient for you.

PrintEveryone who RSVPs will receive a free copy of my e-book by the same name, Take Center Stage: Supporting the Social/Emotional Health of Our Girls. 

Meet Artist Christy Booth

Christy headshotChristy has worked at Go Girls! Camp as an Expressive Artist for the past couple of years.  She has created  gorgeous work with the girls as well as out-of-this-world handmade costumes for our big show.  And now,  she is sharing her art with you on the Go Girls! store.

Christy first pondered the therapeutic powers of art as a child, enjoying the transcendent experience of creating. After working as an art and sewing teacher for numerous years, she decided to become an Expressive Arts Therapist, and is almost finished with school at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. Christy loves working for Go Girls!, empowering girls to create boundaries, be connected to each other, and feel their feelings, fearlessly!

 

Update from Go Girls! Camp for February 27

Exciting things happening here at Go Girls! Camp…

Early Bird Deadline for Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Palo Alto ENDS TOMORROW!

That’s right.  If you want to take advantage of the $40 off early discount, you will have to register by tomorrow, Saturday Feb 28.  Register now>>>

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SOLD OUT sessions in Oakland and Berkeley and the rest are selling fast!

Some of our Oakland and Berkeley sessions started selling out out so quickly that we had to add extra spots to keep up with all of the demand.  Currently, the July 20-31 Oakland session is sold out as is the June 15-26 in Berkeley.  The rest of our Oakland sessions only have a few spaces left as does the July 20-31 San Francisco session.

The first ever Go Girls! Camp in Sonoma is now open and taking registrations!

We know that Sonoma is known for some of the best vineyards on earth.  But, from now on, it will also be known for the best summer camp on earth.  So, whether you live in the Sonoma area, are planning a summer vacation there, or have friends in the area, now, you know how to get your Go Girls! on.  Register now for Go Girls! Camp Sonoma>>>

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Registration for Go Girls! Camp Alameda opens Sunday March 1 at 9:30am!

So many of you have been waiting and the time is finally (almost) here.  Our partners, the Alameda Education Foundation, will open its registration of Go Girls! Camp this weekend.  Click here if you want to be notified via email as soon as that opens.

Go Girls! Camp is now on Facebook

Just a couple days ago we started a Facebook page dedicated to exclusively to Go Girls! Camp and we are already over 100 “Likes.”  Now, it’s time to add your name to the group to receive regular updates from camp as well as tons of useful and inspirational bits that we think every Go Girl! (and her parents) need to know.  “Like” us now>>>

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Introducing the “Raising a Go Girl!” Blog

Go Girls! Camp co-founders Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny just recently started a new blog about their adventures raising their very own Go Girl! through the foster/adoption process.   With just a few posts under its belt, the site is averaging hundreds of views a week and folks across the country are praising it, saying how thankful they are for the honesty, humor, and inspiration the writing provides.  Check it out>>>

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Meet Alexis Willey: Go Girls! Camp Social Media Intern

She may not have won an Oscar yesterday but she did win the coveted spot to be the Go Girls! Camp Social Media Intern!  Everyone, please join us in welcoming Alexis Willey to our team.

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Alexis is a publishing and journalism student in her senior year at Hofstra University. While growing up near Albany, NY she fell in love with hiking, camping, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. She also loves concerts, exploring new places, and breakfast. She is a passionate advocate for celebrating and accepting the uniqueness in all of the world’s people, and is excited to join the Go Girls! team!

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I am a Go Girl! because I am start, intelligent, creative, unique, and not any one thing.  We learn all kinds of things like the trash can tool.  They help you learn to get along with others.  If you are shy about performing in the show, you won’t be by the end of the two weeks.  The kids get to ACTUALLY write the play and the lady who founded Go Girls! comes and talks to all of us! ”

– Alex, a 7 year old Go Girl! since 2014

Alex & Kathy

“I am proud my daughter is a Go Girl! because of the spark and the shine it ignites in her. She would come home every day after camp so enthusiastic to talk about her new tools…many of them were similar to things they covered in elementary school, but somehow the way you are delivering the message is STICKING for these kids. My Go Girl! can be shy and sensitive but at camp she knows that’s ok and that makes room for her confident self to shine.  She sings the Go Girls! song over and over.  She just can’t get enough.”

– Kathy Lake, Marin mama

 

 

 

Francesca & Matthew

I am a Go Girl because I am a leader, friend, and someone who helps other people to be their best.”

– Francesca, age 13, a member of the Go Girls! Leadership Team &  Go Girl! since 2008

Francesca and Matthew

“Go Girls! helps to make real some of my loftiest goals as a Papa:  to set the stage for my daughter fully to become herself, with a love of life, a sense of adventure, a willingness to do the work of loving and caring for others, and loving and caring for herself.”

– Matthew Levett, an Oakland dad and attorney

 

Violet & Joyce

I am a Go Girl! because Go Girls! makes girls confident about who they are. I went from really shy to not so shy (but I am still a little shy) because the Go Girls! teachers helped me feel more strong and confident than I was feeling. They subtly taught us through exercises and art work. I like that we did the performance and that made me more confident about talking to others and not being afraid to speak up. Instead of walking with my arms crossed and looking down at the ground I’m walking proudly. Go Girls! has taught many girls to be proud of themselves instead of trying to change who they are. Go Girls! is an amazing camp!”

– Violet, age 9, a Go Girl! since 2013

 

Violet and Joyce

“When Violet started Go Girls! Camp 2 years ago, she was a sad and lonely child who felt friendless and powerless. My mother and I both noticed the amazing changes in her after that first summer. She would greet people! She started saying things like “I’m amazing!” She started being able to chat with the kids at school. Go Girls! truly helped her feel like she has worth, she matters, and she has something to say and to give the world. I am so very very grateful to Go Girls! for this.”

– Joyce Slaton, San Francisco mom, writer and blogger at BabyCenter.com