YWCA to honour 4 high school Girlz grads
GRAVENHURST — Four Muskoka high school students will be among those honoured by the YWCA as it celebrates young women graduating at four area high schools this month.
The $500 awards will go to Ciara Stead, Carissa Lavallee and Jade Wilton-Watson. Two GHS students Sarah Ratchford and Julia Tilson, will share the award.
All young women have participated in a YWCA Girlz Unplugged or Girlz Choice program and YWCA Muskoka recognizes for their resilience, determination and vision.
Interim executive director Hannah Lin says: “It’s inspiring to see how these young women have grown up since we first met them in our programs. We are very excited for them as they embark on the next chapter in their story.”
The awards will be presented to the recipients during the graduation ceremonies at Huntsville High, Gravenhurst High, Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary, and St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School.
Since the Award’s inception in 2011, the YWCA Muskoka High School Award has been given to 14 female students from Bracebridge and MuskokaLakesSecondary School, Gravenhurst High, Huntsville High, and St. Dominic’s CatholicSchool.
YWCA Muskoka has developed and delivered the Girlz Unplugged program for over 15 years at each public elementary school in the District of Muskoka and has seen close to 2000 girls participate.
The Girlz Choice program is for high school students, predominantly in grade 9 to 11 and has been offered since 2006 in both school boards. Both programs emphasize confidence and increased self-awareness, critical thinking and communication skills, positive relationships and reducing social isolation.
Girlz Unplugged is funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and its partners.
YWCA Muskoka champions positive change for women and girls by working to:
• Prevent Violence, particularly against women and girls;
• Reduce the impact of poverty; • Advocate on issues that affect women and girls;
• Provide leadership on issues that affect older women; and • Enhance our organizational capacity.
All of this will be done while building bridges of connection throughout Muskoka.
Today, the organization serves more than 1,500 individuals in over 25 locations across Muskoka through services and activities relevant to the needs of the women and girls of our community.
For more information about YWCA Muskoka, visit www.ywcamuskoka.com
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