For the past 2 years I have participated in the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem Weekend at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. It has always been my passion to help young adults recognize their full potential & to understand that they are beautiful just the way they are. In 2010 I led a group of 54 teenage girls through an upbeat dance workout. My mission was to inspire the girls to realize that exercise and getting in shape is fun! And to discover how strong they can be no matter what!
This year was a bit different, but equally amazing! The all-female event was called “Girls Run the World”- how appropriate! The girls had the opportunity to dance, create, and express themselves in an open environment with their peers and with our unbelievable volunteers! It was such an inspiring day! Not only were the young girls engaged and having fun but so were all our volunteers! We knew we had put on a great event when even the adults were having fun!
We started the day off with “Tell your Bollywood Story” with Amna Mazin.
The next activity, “Embrace Me,” allowed the girls to express their insecurities and then to embrace them & LOVE THEM! We all have insecurities, but it is so important to know that we can be open about them and still love ourselves. They made the coolest t-shirts! Seriously, so impressed.
“Move to a New Beat” with Kayla Divelbiss was 20 minutes of nonstop Zumba. Pure enjoyment, laughing & connecting through the art of dance.
Last, but not least, Damnyo Lee from Spoken Word ran the “Poetic Expression” portion of the day. Man, is she good!
I must also give a big thank you to ALL of the wonderful volunteers and to Michelle Shegda, the education director at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. Without them, “Girls Run the World” could not have happened and been such a successful and meaningful day for women of all ages.