What is this thing called “gender?” How are women and girls seen in popular culture and society? What does it mean to be a Jewish girl in today’s world?
Strong Girls provides a welcoming space for 8th grade girls to come together every other week, build community, and explore the big questions around what it means to be a Jewish girl in today’s world. This opportunity helps young people grapple with the obstacles they face and prepares them to be the leaders they can be today and in the future.
Strong Girls will be facilitated by Jewish Family & Career Services licensed counselors and will utilize the Jewish girls Empowered Together curriculum from TrueChild. Session topics include exploring gender, women and girls in popular culture, femininity and body image, achievement and relationships, and challenging privilege. In each session, girls will have a chance to reflect on these topics in Jewish culture and tradition.
This program serves as a precursor to JumpSpark’s signature teen program, the Strong Women Fellowship. Completion of the Strong Girls program will provide a guaranteed spot in next year’s Strong Women cohort.
The Strong Girls Cohort will meet from October to January, approximately every other week, on Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5pm. All sessions will be conducted virtually unless notified otherwise. Participants are encouraged to attend every session.
Registration for this year’s Strong Girls cohort is currently closed.
In addition to the group sessions for 8th grade girls, parents are encouraged to join JF&CS clinicians twice during the Strong Girls experience to learn what the girls are learning and how to process the information with them in the home. These sessions will also serve as a space for community-building and resource sharing among parents of 8th grade girls.