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EmpowHer Camp - Empowering girls with Disabilities!

stephanie426 Moderator Posts: 81 Moderator
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I am so excited to be leading a new initiative to empower girls with disabilities: EmpowHer Camp! 

EmpowHer Camp, a multi-stage skill-building, empowerment, and mentoring program that brings a diverse group of girls with disabilities (ages 13 -17) to camp with successful disabled women mentors in the Adirondacks for one week to learn about disaster preparedness and basic survival skills, while also developing independent living and leadership skills. The next summer, the girls are invited for a reunion trip in Washington, D.C. to explore how they have grown as leaders. During the year between the first trip and the reunion trip, the girls create a yearlong local project involving inclusive disaster strategies. This is a life-changing program for participants and their families, as well as the disabled women mentors. 

In August we'll be bringing nine girls with disabilities from across the nation to the Adirondacks to begin EmpowHer Camp with a week of camping! Our participants are coming from all over the US. You can read all about the girls who have been selected for EmpowHer Camp here

We also have nine disabled women who are coming to camp to serve as mentors!! Each mentor is a woman with a disability who will be teaching a variety of skills - from building fires to navigating hiking paths to meal planning and cooking! 

I cannot wait to see how each girl and woman is impacted by the EmpowHer Camp experience!!