Go Girls! In Chinese (Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Program)
Organization Sponsor: Big Brothers Big Sisters of York
Organization Partner: RBC Foundation
Go Girls! The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been translated into Chinese. Go Girls promotes active living, balanced eating, and feeling good for adolescent females between 12 and 14. Female volunteers 18-25 years old are trained to lead weekly sessions for approximately seven weeks. These sessions offer a fun and interactive opportunity for girls to make new friends, share stories, feel motivated and increase self-esteem. Volunteers are asked to commit to the duration of the school year (September to June).
Local schools were approached to run this program but it can offered to any community service group or organization.
Free with volunteers
Avon, RBC Foundation
This program can be offered free if there is a community volunteer to run the course and a donated space. There was a cost to have the course material translated. This information is available at no charge for other interested groups. All necessary forms were also translated into English and Chinese. Schools were the first group approached and their response was overwhelmingly positive.
The first pilot project was offered to a small group of eight girls. The course can be taught to larger groups as long as the 1:4 leader participant ration is respected. The parents and the schools were very positive about the project and a waiting list is now forming.
Evaluations are being done at the end of the workshop by the girls, their families, and the school.
The caseworker was key to the success to the program. She was trilingual and was able to go into the Chinese community and inform them who BBBS were, explain the goals of the the Go Girls program, and build interest, trust and confidence in the project.
The most challenging part of the project was for the caseworker to build interest and confidence in the project.
2010 is the first year.