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Black History Month Celebration

During the month of February, Gwen’s Girls held an event for Black History Month.  This event allowed our girls to listen to some amazing speakers, find out who won our essay contest, enjoy food and music along with the fellowship of one another.

One of the speakers that the girls enjoyed was Detective Tamara Hawthorne from the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.  This amazing woman shared her story with our girls and explained that “your past does not determine your future,” and that our girls should be “treating themselves like the queens they want to become.” Det. Hawthorne stated that just because you come from bad area or have faced hardships in your life does not mean that you cannot overcome it – our girls need to reach out and find resources, like Gwen’s Girls, that can benefit them.  When I asked what the girls liked about the speaker, they said she was very passionate in telling her story and made them realize the importance of making good decisions.

Not only did our girls enjoy our guest speaker but they enjoyed watching their friends being recognized for a job well done on the essay competition featuring writing about “Who am I and who I will become.” At the end of the night, the girls enjoyed the chance to sing and dance with one another and said that “they were proud of who they were becoming, and thankful to learn their history.”

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The winter blues do not damper Gwen’s Girls!

With all this cold and bitter weather, many people are facing the winter blues. However, here at Gwen’s Girls that is not the case. Every evening the girls, come into the center full of excitement and energy, and are ready to participate in all the activities that Gwen’s Girls has to offer. One activity that the girls especially enjoyed was splatter painting, where they took different colored markers and paint and flicked the colors onto paper. They said that this was something they really liked doing because it was messy and turned out looking really cool!

How is it that these young women are able to be optimistic with such yucky weather?  Here are 5 ways our girls do it:

  1. Surround yourself with friends!
  2. Be active!
  3. Do something you like!
  4. Relax after a busy day!
  5. Embrace the weather and play in the snow!

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Gwen’s Girls Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day came early for the G.I.R.L.S. program participants, who celebrated on February 12th with a special meal provided by volunteers. The Senior girls helped to prepare the healthy dinner, which included pasta, roasted vegetables, chicken, salad, fruit, and of course – chocolate. They chopped fruit, dressed the salad, and set up the tables so that everyone could enjoy the meal. Everything was delicious, and many of the girls said that they would be able to recreate a similar meal on their own. After dinner every girl received a flower to take home.

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