Antigua Guatemala, Departamento de Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
At a time when studies are telling us that 'the average girl's self-esteem peaks at the age of 9 and then plummets', REALgirl® is dedicated to inspiring and guiding girls ages 9-16 to discover their 'REAL' (authentic) selves and develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and courage they need to consistently make informed life-choices from a place of self-knowledge, self-respect and strength.
It is the goal of REALgirl® to provide essential life skills every girl/young woman needs for healthy maturation, development, formation of healthy relationships and the opportunity to reach her own unique and highest potential. Through art, movement (yoga and dance), discussion, writing, theatre games, guest speakers and a variety of other fun and dynamic activities, participants will be guided to develop tools to successfully navigate issues every girl faces today.
Lead by Program Director, Danielle Skogen, SERniña is a branch of U.S.-based REALgirl Empowerment Programs. In collaboration with local Guatemalan social workers, psychologists, school teachers and administrators, Danielle has worked closely with the Creator of REALgirl, Anea Bogue, to develop a customized program from the accredited REALgirl curriculum to best serve the girls of Guatemala. SERniña addresses the realities that girls face specific to Guatemalan history, culture, and society. In addition to the core curriculum, SERniña offers the girls mentor support and supplemental workshops. The program was designed with girls ages 11-17 in mind, however SERniña instructors are open to modifying the curriculum to reach younger or older age groups.