HerShe’s year-round programming features four primary components:
1. Transitional Housing
HerShe girls learn to transition successfully into adulthood as they live in safe, structured, supportive HerShe housing. Girls can apply online but must be accepted into the program. The selection process includes the online application, high school transcripts, and a panel interview.
2. Youth Development/Transition Training
The youth development/transition training component supports our mission by teaching life skills, leadership development and workforce development. The girls attend bi-weekly sessions and/or weekend mini -camps that provide instruction in health (including sexual health, fitness, nutrition, etc.), money management (budgeting, saving, credit, etc.), etiquette, career planning, artistic expression (dance, poetry, music and drama), home management (seeking housing, buying furniture, cooking, etc.), character-building (focusing on honesty, integrity, forgiveness, compassion, self-esteem and self-acceptance), work readiness (resume building, interview skills, soft skills development, computer literacy, etc.), and entrepreneurship (business planning, product development, competitor analysis, financial forecasting, marketing, etc.).
Mentors are the core strength of the program and support the girls’ ability through coaching to achieve a higher level of education and to find meaningful work. As the friendships deepen with the girls, our mentors assist the girls in removing the emotional barriers of anger, resentment, depression and low self-esteem. Finally, mentors expose the girls to several extraordinary and normalizing activities every month.
4. Camp Cinderella
The camp component serves as an entry point for new girls to the year-round activities described above. Girls attending Camp Cinderella or Cinderella Mini-Camps receive leadership training and are exposed to extraordinary experiences (e.g., kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, high ropes, etc.). The camp curriculum begins to build the sisterhood among the girls. n They leave camp knowing that they “belong” to something – HerShe.
Exposure to Extraordinary Experiences (E3)
Foster youth are typically unable to participate in the normal experiences of teenage life. Many youth have never even had a birthday cake. HerShe provides regular ongoing exposure to extraordinary and normalizing experiences such as plays, sporting events, bowling, karaoke, pajama parties, cooking events and birthday celebrations. It is important to give youth a choice, but it is difficult to make choices among opportunities that you do not know exist.
With their HerShe sisters, these girls can finally be open about what they’ve been through and are currently going through. Peer and maternal influences have been identified as the earliest and strongest influences on a girl’s sense of self-esteem.
HerShe Performing Arts
HerShe provides creative instruction in dance, drama, vocal performance, prose and poetry. The skills and techniques learned profit students far beyond their class experience and transcend into other areas of their lives, ultimately being an outlet for creativity and a vehicle for healing damaged emotions.