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Pearl's Peace instills confidence, self-esteem in young girls

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POSTED: December 26, 2011 9:00 a.m.
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Members of Pearl's Peace, a new program for young girls in North Bryan, gather Dec. 15 at Dean O's Pizza in Pembroke for a Christmas Party.

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A new organization in North Bryan County is helping young girls learn how to be just that – girls.
With the new nonprofit group Pearl’s Peace, girls ages 5 to 21 have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of “being a girl” and preparing for their future. From handling emotions and relationships to learning social skills, etiquette and more, founder Zambia Geiger said the group covers all the bases.
“Working in mental health I’ve come across a lot of girls who don’t know a lot of things about their bodies and how to interact with people,” Geiger said. “It comes across sometimes as a behavior issue when really no one has taught them those social skills.”
She said she wants to provide the girls with hope for their future, which is why the group is currently working on “vision boards.” By finding pictures and words that describe their personalities and goals they may have, Geiger said she hopes it’ll provide direction for their future.
“My goal is to frame (vision boards) for them to preserve it and keep it so they’ll have some direction and know ‘this is me – this describes me and this is where I want to go,’” she said.
Geiger said she works to teach the girls social skills through team-building activities, which teach the girls how to interact with others — including people they may not normally interact with.
Read more in the Dec. 24 edition of the News.

 

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