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St. Norbert College to Host gladU Camp for High School Girls

From St. Norbert College, February 6, 2015
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College is launching a new program called gladU, which aims to foster awareness and provide support for girls in grades 8-12 during pivotal transition periods in their lives, especially the transition from middle school to high school. Over the course of eight months, gladU seeks to empower young women to unlock their greatest potential through education, reflection, mentoring, and action.

gladU is designed to help young women develop a strong sense of self and authenticity by fostering critical thinking, communication skills, and the development of personal branding. The program will also help girls explore potential career and educational paths, set high-reaching goals, and identify the means to achieve them. It will assist participants in finding how they fit within the global community and learning how to make a positive impact. The program's leaders are all Wisconsin-certified teachers and St. Norbert College students, who are chosen for their ability to serve as positive role models.

The gladU program will run from Oct. 2015 to May 2016, meeting every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Introductory sessions to familiarize participants with gladU will be held on Feb. 28, March 28 and April 25. These informational sessions will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cassandra Voss Center on the St. Norbert College campus.

The first introductory session, entitled "Girl World," will focus on identity and personal branding. The second, "Finding Your Voice," will explore different methods of communication and self-expression, including social media. The third introductory session, "Under Pressure," will examine the pressures young women face from the media and their peers, how those pressures can affect self-image, and how to counteract their effects. Immediately following each introductory session, there will be a presentation for parents on the Fall 2015 gladU program, from 11:30 to noon.

gladU is an offshoot of St. Norbert College's popular GLAD Camp, a summer camp designed for girls in grades 1-8 which has run for the past seven years, and which also seeks to encourage confidence, leadership, and high achievement. St. Norbert College also offers BOLD camp, designed for boys in grades 4-8 and serving a similar purpose to GLAD. Both GLAD and BOLD camps will next be held in July 2015.

For more information, contact ‪amy.sorenson@snc.edu or visit www.snc.edu/gladu.