Girls & Goals Program
Formerly the Young Women’s Issues program, the Girls and Goals Program focuses on the current issues facing today’s middle school female students. The program, begun in 2003, consists of guest speakers, group discussions and activities focusing on safety and risk reduction, career development, health and wellness, self-esteem and self development.
The program meets once a week after school from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and is instructed by female Watertown Police Officers. The participants are provided with healthy snacks and drinks.
Format & Scope of the Program
Each week, a guest speaker makes a presentation to the students; the guest speakers are professionals within the fields of public service, psychology and health. The speakers are predominately females who have chosen traditional and non-traditional career goals.
One of the program’s goals is to expose the youth to topics and careers which then lead to discussions on issues that relate to young women. A question and answer opportunity follows each presentation. At the completion of the lecture portion, the group takes part in an activity, volunteer opportunity, or game time.
Broader Impacts of the Program
Volunteerism is a very important component of the program. The program hopes to introduce the importance of giving back to the community. The girls participate in at least two volunteer activities.
Main Goals of the Program
The main goals of the Girls and Goals program are to enhance self-esteem, self-respect and decision making skills. The program’s theme of successful females and their impact on their communities works to ignite excitement and create endless future opportunities for the participants.