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Girls Now Conference

Executive Director, Karen LaShelle, and Middle and High School Program Director, Amanda Hashagen talk about the Girls Now Conference that was on October 25th…

This past weekend TAP was lucky enough to participate in the Girls Now Conference at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. We led two really exciting workshops. The first was simply called “Image” and was about helping girls discuss the messages they are getting from the media and their peers about what a girls “should” be, then taking some time to think about what we REALLY think girls should be, or can or be, and created our own ads with positive slogans promoting what we called a REAL SuperGirl.We had 5th-9th grade girls from all over town. The girls were so incredible. They jumped right into the activities and had a really rich conversation about the pressures they feel, and how the media affects them. They were so creative and funny and made ads with slogans like “Be Beautiful, Be True to Yourself” and showed examples of girls supporting one another and shunning the pressures to have lots of stuff like cellphones and expensive clothes.Our second workshop was led by our youth company “The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble”. This was an interactive performance workshop which focused on gossip and how it can led to bullying and unhealthy relationships. The Changing Lives youth presented several negative situations that stemmed from a rumor, and ended in somewhat of a mess. We then asked the audience to give suggestions to the bystanders in the scenes about what they could do to clear everything up. The audience was highly engaged in debate, discussion and ideas, and they came up with a few different ways the bystanders could make the situation better.

The workshops went GREAT and we LOVED being a part of this really cool event and hope to participate again next year! (pictured above: Here’s TAP leading a workshop last Spring for the Youth Theatre Festival at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.)

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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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  1. I like the theme of this conference. I feel it is VERY important to stress to younger girls to love yourself the way you are. For example, my dear friend Andrea was tanning obsessively for years and now is close to coming to terms that a) it is bad for your skin and b) Being orange is not who she is! I wish your staff and program could reach out to more young girls throughout the nation. Job well done.


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