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11 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Work for Go Girls! Camp

By now you might already know how amazing Go Girls! Camp is for the girls who join us each summer. Maybe your daughter continues to join us year after year. Or maybe you’ve attended one of our free webinars. Maybe you’re across the country, or the world, and while the Go Girls! in your life might not be able to attend camp, maybe you want to keep up with us anyway.

But what you might not already know is that working at Go Girls! Camp is just as fun as attending!

 

Help prepare girls to lead a Compassion Revolution

This one is a no brainer. Every day at Go Girls! Camp we use our own methodology to inspire and reinforce social/emotional skills in our campers. We do this in a variety of fun ways, and we break down what seems complicated into bite-sized pieces in our Culture Code.

 

Wear cool Go Girls! gear

Lets face it: Who doesn’t want to wear one of our amazing logos on every piece of clothing possible?! Our staff gets access to new designs, colors, and styles as well as an excuse to wear their gear as much as possible!

 

Make a play and change the world

Can a play really change the world? We definitely think so. Seeing the transformation many of our campers experience from the first day of camp to the moment they take their final bow is a pretty transformative experience for our staff members, too.

 

Gain amazing professional and personal development at staff training

We want our staff to feel empowered by their work at Go Girls! Camp, so our training is a lot more than camp policy and powerpoint presentations. You’ll immerse yourself in our program, Culture Code, and methodology as you make new friends and prepare your own play, just like our Go Girls! do.

 

Free massages mid-summer

At Go Girls! Camp we know that doing amazing, life-changing work is part of why our staff joins us and keeps returning for more. But we also know that work like that is HARD. So every summer our staff comes together for a little R-and-R, Go Girls! style.

 

Learn Kidpower

Go Girls! Camp works closely with Kidpower, an international leader in teaching positive, practical personal safety skills to protect people of all ages and abilities, both in our camps (during Kidpower sessions) and in our overall methodology. This partnership is great for our girls and staff members—we even find ourselves using Trash Can Power once in a while!

 

Work with an amazing team of artists

We think our staff members are the best of the best: inspiring leaders, compassionate teachers, and phenomenal artists. And you could join the ranks! Besides being talented in their respective disciplines, our expressive artists are generous teachers to campers and other staff.

 

End every day of camp with a dance party

Our camp days are pretty long and while they’re filled to the brim with fun activities, free play, and time to chill, we think the best way to end the day and prepare to start fresh in the morning is to have a camp-wide dance party! Now tell us, how many other jobs can offer that as a perk?

 

Practice mindfulness each day of camp

We love approaching all of our work from a place of mindfulness, but sometimes the day-to-day gets in the way. At Go Girls! Camp we not only emphasize this practice, we make special time for it. We think it’s a great way to reconnect, recharge, and avoid burnout.

 

Learn from Lynn and Allison

Our co-founders are amazing leaders and some of the most inspiring women we know. Working with Go Girls! Camp means working directly with and learning from Lynn and Allison. They’re always popping into camp, leading Kidpower workshops, and working with staff to make sure everyone is getting the most from their Go Girls! Camp experience.

 

Be celebrated for exactly who you are!

Our two-week camp leads up to the “big show” at each location, where Go Girls! not only create the story but also get to be who—or what—ever they want to be. Robot Monkey? Check. The President?  Duh. Robot Monkey President?  Why not? All we’re asking this summer is that they aim to #BeAmazing. And that goes for our staff members, too!

Are you sold? Check out our job openings here!

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

 

They really are OUR girls and we have to do something

#bringbackourgirls quote

We’re all stunned, outraged and terrified that this is happening in the world.  And today, I am feeling especially moved.  As of today, there is almost exactly the same number of Go Girls! registered for camp as there are missing girls in Nigeria.  The same number.  This really hits home. It makes it all too real. These girls, thousands of miles away, are, in fact,OUR girls.  I am sad and extremely angry.  I want them to brought back home.  Now.

Photo May 03, 10 45 50 AMLast month, we made a promise to support the education, health, and safety of girls in the developing world.  Last week, we brought together 19 middle school girls for a training workshop – 1/2 of them members of our GGLT and the other 1/2 CITs at Art Yowza Camp in Alameda.  We engaged them in an activity that had them think about how they, as youth leaders, might contribute to this fundraising effort.  They set a goal for themselves to raise $2000 to donate to Girl Up.  They came up with some great ideas to do this, including:

  • Putting out “one of those see-through boxes” at the sign-in table during camp
  • Using social media, especially Instagram (that’s where girls their age are!)
  • Babysitting for younger kids and donating the money they earn
  • Asking local businesses if we could set up a “booth” or a jar for collecting donations
  • Sell the artwork we make at camp

 

Photo May 03, 12 07 20 PMOur young leaders all walked away “Certified Go Girls!,” fired up and ready to take on this fight.  And, today, even more than ever, I am fired up and ready to help them achieve their goal.  Because, like this #BringBackOurGirls campaign is showing us, we can all do our part to make a difference.  And, like the quote says above, “there’s no force more powerful to transform society” than an educated, involved, and fired up girl.

What do you think of our young leaders ideas for fundraising?  Do you have any ideas for us?  Do you want to help us out in any way?

Make sure to read the article by Nicholas Kristof where his powerful quote (above) comes from.  It breaks down exactly how powerful educating girls is and why it will, in fact, change the world.

Help 300 Go Girls! Girl Up to Change the World

300 Go Girls Square May 2014300 Go Girls!
can create really, really big things

like 10 plays
in 4 cities
putting girls
center stage
300 characters
300 times more compassion
300 possibilities for what girls
can be
300 Go Girls! bring 
1000 audience members
to witness
600 dancing feet
300 voices singing
2000 hands clapping, cheering
Celebrating
Girls
“I wanna do that.”
“I wanna be that.”
“I wanna be a Go Girl! too.”
Hearts on fire and minds blown
300 Go Girls! can change the Bay Area
An army of awesome
cooler than your 1980’s leg warmers
Connected in Community
300 brave
300 inspired
300 safe
300 Go Girls! can Girl Up
300 Go Girls! can change the world

We believe so strongly in the magic and power of girls to change our world that we are ready to put this belief into action.  When Summer 2014 registration reaches the 300 mark, Glitter & Razz Productions will pledge $1000 to Girl Up, an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation.

IMG_2010Girl Up gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.

In addition to our organizational pledge, we are also training, supporting and preparing our Go Girls! Leadership Team to take action in the world in their own right.  Our middle school girls will be working this spring, summer, and beyond to lead their own campaign to support their peers around the world.  Through this work, they will:

  • Build awareness about the issues that face other girls in this country and around the world
  • Raise funds for the education, health, safety, and empowerment of girls in the developing world
  • Learn how they can influence policy and make a difference even as young people
  • Engage in local service projects that benefit our most vulnerable populations of girls here in the US

So, what can you do to be part of this movement?

  1. You can help us reach our goal of 300 Go Girls! by registering for Go Girls! Camp.
  2. If you are already registered for camp, thanks.  Help us spread the word by sharing this blog post with your community via Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Sign up for our Go Girls! Girl Up Action Newsletter so we can keep you updated about the progress of the Go Girls! Leadership Team.

 

5 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body

Today is the International Day of the Girl!

What if we lived in a world where all girls loved their bodies?  What if we lived a world where girls’ bodies were celebrated for their strength and ability instead of victimized, vilified, and commodified?  What if we lived in a world where girls felt safe to run and jump and dance and walk whenever and wherever they wanted without fear?

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What if?

Today, as communities around the world come together to re-image and co-create this kind of world, I am thinking about how powerful it is to help our girls learn to love their bodies…no matter what.  I am thinking about how powerful it will be to have hundreds of Go Girls! stand up in the face of everyone and everything that seeks to threaten them and say “My body is mine.  It belongs to me.  I love it no matter what size, shape, or color it is.  And I am going to do everything in my power to celebrate it and keep it safe.”

How can you help?  The best way to help girls love their bodies are to provide them with as many opportunities as possible to experience their bodies in positive ways:

  1. Model for your girls what it looks like to love your body.  This is number 1 because it is the most important.  I understand that we may not have had the best models ourselves.  We may believe that we have “fat thighs” or “bad hair”.  Of course we do.  Women and girls are inundated with messages that we should hate our imperfect bodies.  The way society is set up is not our fault.  However, we now have a responsibility to our daughters to do something about it.  We can stop the spread of these awful messages by never letting our girls hear/see us put ourselves down.  Next time you catch yourself about to say “oh, I really need to go on a diet” or “oh no, Mommy could never wear anything like that,” replace it with “I love that I get to exercise and make by body stronger” or “That’s a cute dress but I think I will look even MORE fabulous in this one!”  This will change both you and her for the better.  Sure, it will take time.  We have a lot to undo.  But, we have to start somewhere.  Why not be the change we wish to see in the world?
  2. Go for regular runs or walks.  Put on your sneakers, grab the dog, and hit the road.  The more your daughter feels her feet against the earth, the more she will enjoy it.
  3. Sign her up for a sport.  Even if she thinks she won’t like it.  Make her do it, at least once.  When girls play sports, mountains are moved.
  4. Dance and dance often.  It is my opinion that, like sports, every girl should take a dance class, at least once.  The integration of physical strength with physical expression is a magical combination.  It’s the perfect intersection of kinesthetic learning and emotional learning.  But class is not 100% necessary.  Anyone can dance.  Just put on music and go.  You do it too.  Regular dance parties – full of laughter and sweat – should be a ritual in your home.
  5. Practice Body Gratitudes – You may already share stuff about your day or about your life that you are grateful for.  Now, add stuff about your body.  “I am grateful for my hands because they help me make art.”

And watch this video with your daughter.  Talk to her about it.

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Here’s a template for your conversation…

How does this video make you feel?  How do you feel about your body?  Which parts do you love the best?  Do you ever think mean thoughts about your body? Let’s practice replacing our mean thoughts with kind thoughts.

This post is #5 of 25 Tips to Teach Your Daughter to Respect Herself, Command Respect, and Respect Others.  Wanna make sure you get all 25 Tips for Bullying Awareness Month?  CLICK HERE and we’ll send ’em right to your email!
For more incredible Go Girls! resources for helping your girl stay safe, happy, and healthy in her relationships, check out Kidpower and get your copy of Starring Celia.

Celia Says- “A Go Girl! takes center stage in her own life”

As an artist, I’ve had to work hard to imagine myself as the leading lady in my own life. Even as a newly published author and girl advocate with a fabulous slew of friends and wonderful family, I still get that critical voice in my head telling me “You don’t deserve it” or “you’ll never really make it.” I know it’s universal. All of us have that inner critic that wants to kick us into the background- the dark wings of the theater, watching everyone else make their dreams come true.

In Starring Celia, my main character learns to take center stage. Sure, it doesn’t happen automatically. In fact, there’s a moment early on where Celia can’t event imagine herself in a leading role- she tries, but her fantasy will only take her as far as servant to the Queen.

Illustrated by Thorina Rose from "Starring Celia" written by Allison Kenny
Illustrated by Thorina Rose from “Starring Celia” written by Allison Kenny

Suddenly, my daydream is interrupted by Quincy Dayton! How did she get inside my dream? There she is, sitting in a tall, red velvet chair with the White House dog at her feet. Quincy is ordering everyone around and they are listening.  Then she calls loudly for her servant and there I am, in ratty clothes, hunching over and feeding her ice cream with a silver spoon.

Stop! I hate this daydream! But I can’t stop picturing it.

The thing I love most about theater is that it helps us imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes. As actors, we get to dream up a character and feel our way into that…a rehearsal for life. And because our character, Celia, is in a Glitter & Razz play, she gets to choose her own character. She keeps imagining herself center stage and eventually chooses the role of Vice President. By the end of the book, she can see herself surrounded by adoring fans, bright lights and applause. She’s strong, smiling, center stage…in her power. Sure, this was on a literal stage. But the feeling stayed with her. Back at school, Celia stares into the face of the girl who bullied her and keeps her cool. Makes a new choice. She changed her story about how powerful she actually gets to be in her real life.

Allison Takes it All in.CROPPEDA couple years ago, I got really interested in overcoming my own critical voices. I was determined to change some of the beliefs that were holding me back. I heard about a process for making “self-revelatory theater” through the Living Arts Counseling Center in Oakland. For about 6 months, I showed up to a church basement with a group of other determined artists. We wrote our stories. We shared them. We shaped them into 20 minute solo pieces where we got to wrestle with old beliefs and shape them into new endings.  Mine included a flashlight dance and singing to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” When I stood before an invited audience of trusted friends and soaked up their deafening applause, something truly shifted in me. I felt like Celia…a Go Girl! standing center stage, believing I could do anything. Sure, it was just a play. But I’ve been different since. Lighter. Braver. More honest about what I need and want. Making that play actually did my world.  Time to head out and change theirs…

Share a “center stage” moment with me.  It doesn’t have to have any connection to the theater. When did you feel like your happiest, most authentic self? Where were you? What were you doing? Can you imagine yourself as the lead character in your own life?

Allison Signs & Smiles.Starring CeliaAllison Kenny is the author of “Starring Celia” and the co-founder of Go Girls! @ Glitter & Razz.  “Celia Says” is a series that brings to life the lessons she learned while writing the book.  She shares them as a way of helping you you to tap into your inner Go Girl! with courage and compassion.