This month it's all about giving the love to our Local Chapters AND the great activities they're doing to build fellowship and awareness. Here is the always AHmazing Director of Local, Kate Poppe, on what makes chapter activities unique:
Our local chapters are these amazing communities where girls can talk face-to-face with each other. The chapter members agree to be real, honest, and vulnerable in their conversations so they can really connect with one another. In the process they learn to love and appreciate themselves. We've found when our chapters incorporate activities in addition to the conversations they have, the members identify more with the topics - it often makes the topics more relevant to them. Doing fun things in and out of the meet-ups - paint nights, 5k runs, writing exercises - gives girls the opportunity to connect with themselves and each other, something we think is priceless.
Check out what some of our Local Chapters have been up to this year! Energized to join a chapter? Inspired to START a chapter? Head on over to IATG Local to get all the deets or email Kate, firstname.lastname@example.org. #ROCKTHISWORLD
Amber Saville, IATG:HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality):
Inspiration. Nervousness. Excitement.
All words that describe how I feel as I approach the May 14th launch of IATG:HRM.
Inspiration because I know that there are many amazingly awesome girls and young women here in Halifax, NS, Canada. And I'm darn lucky to know a handful of them! They've equipped me with so many ideas, encouragement, and support from kind words to actually offering to help me advertise for the launch.
Nervousness. Because I've never done anything like this before. Nervousness also because I know I am still working on my own issues that stem from self doubt. But I think that by setting out to inspire other girls to turn their self-doubt into self-love, I likely will be able to as well.
Excitement. Excitement because I can already imagine the first meeting, the first service project, and the friendships and supports we will all make. The gears of creativity are turning in my head as we speak. I see a poetry slam and open mic, as well as various service projects, and maybe a "ditch the scale" event on our horizon.
Not once have I doubted myself in this. And that's a biggie for me. To be able to take on a project and know deep in my heart that I am going to make this happen is a real milestone for me. So with that I am happy to announce that IATG:HRM will be launching at Just US! Coffeehouse in Halifax, NS, Canada on May 14th at 5:30 p.m!
Samantha Garguilo, Co-Leader, Adelphi University (NY):
My name is Samantha Garguilo and I am a co-leader of the Adelphi University Local Chapter on Long Island. One of my most memorable moments for our chapter was when we hosted Alexis Jones during Women’s Recognition Month for a lecture for our
campus. Our I Am That Girl lecture was amazing; we were able to collaborate with the Student Government, the Gender Studies department, the Panhellenic Council, as well as many other areas of our campus. Alexis was so well received by everyone who attended got a chance to speak with her during a book signing afterwards. We were able to keep the conversations going after the event within our chapter. We were happy to have her come to our campus and work we such amazing organizations to promote the event and get the message of I Am That Girl out there and show why as a chapter we are so passionate about the work that the organization is doing.
Image courtesy Meghan Cerrone
Nina Bidwai, IATG West Virginia University Chapter:
During our very first IATG meeting, we all began by saying "I am a badass because..." Not only did it give every girl a chance to share an uplifting story, we also had the chance to discuss them individually. Every girl opened her eyes to the unique struggles others have faced. At the end of the meeting, it was like a new and rekindled understanding was born. I realized that patience and understanding is the answer; to chill out and not take things so personally. It was the first meeting, but it set us on fire!