In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019, the city of Surrey is acknowledging the achievements of young women in Surrey through the Girls Empowerment Program.
The collaborative program is a city-wide initiative that works to support and empower girls in our community. Established in 2009, the program is a partnership between Surrey Schools, City of Surrey, and Surrey Firefighters Association. It provides opportunities for girls in grades eight through 10 to participate in healthy recreation and social activities, build self-confidence, and engage with positive adult role models.
Activities range from fitness, outdoor activities, cooking, self-empowerment workshops, summer break out trips and arts and crafts. All activities aim at empowering young women to live a life that makes them happy—whether that means putting themselves first, practicing self-care, or even empowering others. There are over a hundred participants at seven Surrey secondary schools.
Meet some of the Women Involved in this Program!
Saskia, Community Services Assistant, City of Surrey
Saskia has worked with the Girls Empowerment Program for a year and a half. Through fun opportunities, she is able to connect with youth and uncover her own hidden talents—like photography and rock climbing! Her other favourite hobby is cooking with the group, because they make delicious recipes like sushi and tacos.
“I practice self-care by treating myself to a drink from my favourite coffee shop and sleeping in on weekends.”
Dakota, Surrey School District (SD36)
Dakota is a long-term Surrey School District staff member who’s supported the Girls Empowerment Program for three years. Her next goal is to pick up running and enter local running and fundraising events in the community.
“I practice self care by taking the time to walk to a local coffee shop, allowing me to take a moment to unwind and relax while enjoying coffee, nature, and my surroundings.”
Program Participant , Kwantlen Park
This participant has been part of the Girls Empowerment Program since October 2018. She likes that she has the opportunity to explore different places while being with her friends. Her favourite activities include ice skating and going to the animal shelter.
“The program helped me get to know more people. Right now, we are learning self-defense. My self-confidence has gotten better by getting to know people and becoming friends with them, which wouldn’t have happened without the group.”
The Girls Empowerment Program is just one of the many programs and activities offered to youth at the City of Surrey. To participate in this program or any other youth program, sign-up for a free city-wide youth services membership card.
Receive your card at any City of Surrey recreation facility and start getting involved today!