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Greenbush, MN Women of Today sponsor “Girls Lead”

Pictured left to right are Jess Foss, president of Greenbush Women of Today; Kelly Magnusson, Girls Lead Life Coach, and Girls Lead Alumni Kayla and Molly.
Mavis Gonshorowski

The “Girls Lead” program was originally conceived by the Warroad Area Women of Today in 2008 and this year, the program is being offered to girls from eighth through 11th grade by the Greenbush and Middle River Women of Today.
In a meeting conducted on the Greenbush Campus of the GMR School on Friday morning, April 13, Life Coach Kathy Magnusson explained, “We believe that leadership begins with you and who you are is enough.  You’ll be learning more about yourself by using tools such as the Strengths Finder and exploring ways in which you can bring your best self to your community through the Power of One project and life coaching.”
Eight girls from Greenbush/Middle River communities will be selected from among the applicants to attend Girls Lead camp which this year will be held at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, June 25-28.
This year’s theme is, “You are a leader in exactly who you are.”  The program is focused on self-awareness, hidden talents and strengths.
Prior to leaving for camp, the girls will take part in a few preparatory activities where the participants and their parents will learn more about Girls Lead.
Camp will take place on the college campus where they will be staying in the dorms, eating at the dining hall, touring the University of Minnesota Duluth and also  St. Scholastica.  They will receive outside teaching as to what their strengths are, will be visiting with area community leaders and doing a service project.  
Following their stay at camp, the girls will return to their communities and initiate the “Power of One” project, where they will have the opportunity to do something that is meaningful and will benefit another person or group.  The girls will decide on their own what their Power of One project will be and they are not given specific ideas in order to encourage creative projects.  A couple of examples of ways that have been given back in the community are teaching piano lessons to an elderly lady, assisting the elderly with planting gardens, and volunteering at a camp kitchen at the Angle.
“Girls Lead” alumni girls, Kayla, a junior at Warroad High School, and Molly, a sophomore at Roseau High School, were enthusiastic about their Girls Lead experience.
“I learned more about myself and how to help others,” Kayla commented.
Molly added, “It (Girls Lead) is definitely worth it.  I do not regret it at all!”
An August Retreat will end the summer program with a location to be determined.
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