We believe our neighbors have the inherent strength and ability to create powerful self and community change. As we invest in resources to improve community health, we must include investments that build leadership of those most affected by domestic violence and other pervasive issues. We know that by listening to and trumpeting our neighbors’ voices we will gain collective wisdom, deeper knowledge of these issues and the opportunity to grow more leaders across the Methow Valley.
Engaging young leaders in the Methow Valley
Now in its fourth year, the Jr. and Sr. High School Girls Group participants are mighty. Through the weekly groups, these young women have a stronger sense of their own power and have brought their growing understanding of caring community, healthy relationships, gender, and positive connection to their larger school community:
“I think it’s definitely helped me – it’s really empowering to have a group to talk to and then you get to utilize that same power when talking to people outside of Girls Group.”
This year the Jr. High Girls Group decided to facilitate a group for 6th grade girls. The goal was to demonstrate to the next cohort how Girls Group helped strengthen their voices for change. When united, these voices influenced the school dress code, supported a member in reporting sexual assault, and held the school community accountable for the safety and well-being of young women.