Giving girls in foster care a proper rights of passage
Camp HerShe is a camp for girls in foster care. It follows the guidelines for positive youth development by providing a safe environment, caring adults and positive role models, a focused curriculum teaching the skills necessary to cope successfully in adulthood, and challenging activities to build self-esteem and leadership. Areas of training include life skills, personal & social development, self-esteem, forgiveness, etiquette, college & job preparation, health & nutrition, relationships, effective communication, dance, poetry, and self-advocacy.
Girls who attend Camp HerShe immediately experience the following: (1) Reduction in trauma-related symptoms; (2) Increase in self-esteem; (3) Greater internal locus of control; (4) Greater utilization of social networks; (5) Improvement in decision-making and problem-solving skills; (6) Improvement in peer and family relationships; and (7) Decrease in aggressive behavior. The retreat curriculum, which was developed by eight certified life coaches and health care professionals, begins to build the sisterhood among the girls. They leave camp knowing that they “belong” to something – HerShe.
The camp curriculum begins to build the sisterhood among the girls.
Including kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, high ropes, etc.
Leadership training and the girls are exposed to extraordinary and normalizing experiences.