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connections with themselves, their peers, women in the community, and the surrounding forests of this area. Visions provides a safe space that supports 11-18 year old girls, non-binary individuals, and allies capacity for self-confidence, physical and emotional resiliency, healthy relationships, community, and regular physical activity.
Visions/Girls Rite has been around since 2008 and creates a space for adolescents to feel safe, increase their connection with others, and provide freedom from stereotypes. This past year, the group decided they wanted to expand the group to welcome non-binary and allies as members that abide by Visions’ goals. Long time participant and 2022 QHS graduate, Sam Shea, lead the discussion for coming up with the new name as a way for the group to support each other to “envision who you are and come together to support each other in their journey to find themselves."
Jennifer Ready has been the program coordinator since 2011. She summarized the program’s goals, stating Visions encourages and inspires its members through building and sustaining trusting relationships; finding passion and purpose in life; establish positive, non-violent communication techniques; creatively solve problems; cultivate leadership skills; and strengthen family, peer group, community, and environmental connections. The program aims to meet participants where they are at, resulting in a variety of activities.
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Visions encourages and inspires youth to:
Participants pursue these strength-based goals through facilitated group mentoring sessions, outdoor recreational activities, and dedicated family bonding time.
According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning,
“all-girls programs create a space for youth to feel safe, increase their connection with others, and provide freedom from stereotypes.”
Furthermore, outdoor experiences for teens result in enhanced self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, autonomy and initiative, with positive results persisting for years. Throughout the school year, Visions meets with participants bi-weekly for two hours afterschool and monthly on a Friday for a longer activity. The summer program meets weekly for a full-day trip to someplace in the region that offers hiking and other outdoor recreation opportunities, culminating in a 3-day, campout.
The program also offers some special trips throughout the year, including youth conferences such as REACH For the Future or community events on weekends. The program is always in need of female volunteers; specifically, Visions would like local women to come to a session and share their personal stories, professional endeavors, and skills or hobbies.
Click here, firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering with Visions.