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Girl Talk – Ticket Sales from Honk Jr. Fall 2013

It was very important to me to use our charitable donation this semester on a group that helps inspire young people to help each other to be the best human beings they can possibly be. Girl Talk was introduced to me by our own Rachel Hamilton and I am so proud of all the work she has done with this group. It makes me happy to know that our show lives on in the lives of all the girls reached by this fabulous program.

Girl Talk (www.mygirltalk.org) is an international non-profit peer-to-peer mentoring program with a very simple premise: high school girls mentor middle school girls to help them deal with the issues they face during their formative early teenage years. Our mission is to help young teenaged girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and recognize the value of community service. Since 2002, our organization has served more than 40,000 girls in 43 states and 7 countries. Through weekly chapter meetings facilitated by high school Girl Talk leaders, Girl Talk helps middle schools learn from their peer mentors and better understand and address the issues they face. In doing so, the girls develop confidence, leadership skills and compassion.

Girl Talk provides the curriculum of life lessons used to facilitate the discussions at no charge. Girl Talk’s program is twofold: high school leaders have the opportunity to share their experiences as positive role models. And middle school girls have the chance to learn that they are not alone in the issue they face and that understanding, kindness and compassion can be the foundation for better relationships with others. Research consistently reveals that grades 5-8 are the most formative years of a young person’s life. We believe that the lessons learned in Girl Talk contribute to girls becoming more confident, service-minded women with better relationships. Girl Talk also helps women become stronger leaders in the work place and more effective as parents.