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Student mentoring program enters second year

Girl Talk kids enjoy a movie night and games on their final night of meeting before summer holidays. The program recommenced in September.

PRESCOTT- Girl Talk is a non-profit organization that provides a leadership opportunity for high school girls to mentor middle grade girls to help deal with the triumph and trials of the early teenage years. Part of their mission statement is 'the bonds and lessons learned in Girl Talk meetings are something the girls will carry with them wherever they go in life'. This program will be entering their second year this September with meetings being held at Seaway Christian Church on Churchill Road in Prescott.

Denise March, now a Girl Talk Advisor, had often felt a need to help young girls. She did some searching and found Girl Talk.

"If we start at a young age we can make a difference in their lives, their future," March says.

The program exists to help girls build confidence and develop leadership skills through weekly peer- to- peer mentoring.

"Our goal is to provide the necessary resources at no cost, for all girls during their most vulnerable years," reflects Tammy Hache, who is also an advisor. "Our hope is for Girl Talk to instill the values to help girls grow up to become kind, confident leaders, who will treat each other with respect and make a difference in a girl's life," she concludes.

Girl Talk's initial season started in March 2016. Weekly chapter meetings were held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at Seaway Christian Church. They were facilitated by a high school Girl Talk Leader, Rachel Birtch.

"I love Girl Talk and the idea of helping young girls reach their goals and potential, I feel it helps them to be more confident and less vulnerable," stated Birtch.

Participant comments from the first season are as follows:

  • Becca - You feel safe there, no one is going to make fun of you or correct you.
  • Michelle - I had lots of fun, taught me things I didn't know and met great people.
  • MacKenzie - I think girl talk is something that all girls should do, the leaders treat you as part of the family.

A typical Girl Talk meeting lasts about an hour. Those interested in signing up for the upcoming season and more information are asked to contact either Denise March at 613-213-2859 or Tammy Hache at 613-803-3633.

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