Growing-up: Kadina High School students were among a number of girls who attended the Chrysalis Girls Program yesterday. The girls are (front from left) Shardai Sterland and Jessica Turvilley; (centre from left) Jazelle Young, Danielle Bridges, Kastella Page, Kiarna Burke, Shaanan Haime,Vailey Pascoe and Kyan Montgomery; (rear from left) Charmaine Ball,Ashley Wort, Ashley Conlan and Veronica Smith.
Growing-up: Kadina High School students were among a number of girls who attended the Chrysalis Girls Program yesterday. The girls are (front from left) Shardai Sterland and Jessica Turvilley; (centre from left) Jazelle Young, Danielle Bridges, Kastella Page, Kiarna Burke, Shaanan Haime,Vailey Pascoe and Kyan Montgomery; (rear from left) Charmaine Ball,Ashley Wort, Ashley Conlan and Veronica Smith. Cathy Adams

Teenage forum helps students

GIRLS from Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Kadina high schools came together yesterday to talk about the difficult subject of being a teenage girl.

Year 9 Kadina High School student Danielle Bridges, 14, said the forum taught her about the importance of being able to say ‘no’.

“We talked about how sex isn’t everything, it’s okay to say ‘no’,” Danielle said.

“It was extremely positive.”

Through role play the girls also got to explore their own behaviour around bullying, teasing and peer group pressure.

The real stories from other girls who have participated in previous forums were shared and used to prompt discussion about sexual boundaries with boys, a subject explored in small groups.

The forum also touched on practical ways to deal with stress through yoga and meditation.

The forum was organised by the Chyrsalis Girls Program and was facilitated by professional councillors with the assistance of 20 girls, from Byron and Mullumbimby high schools, who had participated in the forum before.

The program uses preventative strategies to support young women who have been through adversity and challenges in their lives. It is designed to help them gain self-awareness, compassion and empowerment through mentoring and group counselling strategies.

Yesterday was the sixth time the forum, which was developed by students at Byron High, has been run in the Northern Rivers.

From yesterday’s forum 10 of the girls will now be involved in facilitating the forum next time it is run.

For more information visit www.amiedreyer.com



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