By Josh Bootsma
SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (March 29, 2022) – M.E.A.N. Girls Empowerment is hosting its first health summit about girls health, entitled, “Girls Health Matters” on April 2 in South Holland.
M.E.A.N. stands for “Manage Emotion, Avoid Negativity,” and the non-profit organization’s aim is to prevent bullying and empower young women to avoid negativity, build self-confidence, and pursue goals through perseverance, courage, and creativity.
The theme for the health summit is “Pushing H(ealth), a twist on the social media phrase, Pushing P(ositivity).
M.E.A.N. Girls Empowerment Director of Membership & Volunteer Services Keneatha Johnson said, “Sessions will include intimate conversations around human trafficking, mental awareness, reproductive education, and the day includes a physical activity.”
The organization’s website describes the need for the event: “Many girls are struggling right now. They have questions regarding their physical, mental and reproductive health. It is our goal to not only answer these questions, but to do so in a fun, supportive and judgement free environment. MGE recognizes the impact that the pandemic, social media, and peer pressure sometimes has on our girls and we are prepared to help!”
The event is for girls ages 13–18, and is free. It will take place on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the South Holland Community Center, located at 501 E 170th Street in South Holland. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Masks will be required.
Registration is available online at MGE’s Eventbrite page.
The event is sponsored by the Blue Door Neighborhood Center of Blue Cross Blue Shield.
More about M.E.A.N. Girls Empowerment can be found on the organization’s website, www.meangirlsempowerment.org.