We couldn't think of a better way to start our NEW beGirl.world blog than with a quick recap and tons of photos from the July 8th launch of our second beGirl.world cohort! We promise to keep it short so you can get to all the great photos (and we understand if you want to skip the words and head to the photos :) )!
11 teen girls from the Philadelphia area (we have 12 in total for this class, but 1 couldn't make launch day) came together with their parents for a filled day of games, dancing, treats, activities and all around FUN! The day started with music blasting as some of our beGirl.world alumni welcomed the new girls to beGirl.world with signature binders, suitcase themed nametags and the schedule for the day.
After the introduction and welcome from bGw staff, Deesha (co-founder, Executive Director), Marcella (co-founder, Program Director) and Briana (summer intern), the girls participated in an icebreaker that helped them get familiar with each other - afterall they will be glued to the hip for the next 2 years as they form friendships, sisterhood and a fly travel squad! After the ice-breaker, the girls proceeded to make travel vision boards, a staple of bGw. We believe that these vision boards serve multiple purposes: to allow them to start visualizing their travel dreams, to see those dreams as attainable and last to allow them to see and reflect on those dreams enough to work them in to reality. While Briana and bGw alumni led them through that activity, Deesha & Marcella spoke privately with the parents about concerns, expectations, and everything in between.
As the vision board project rounded out, we had a yummy lunch which included travel-themed desserts made exclusively for us by Sweet Treats by Kiya. The open seating style at lunch allowed the girls to get to know each other more, socialize and chat about all the places they want to visit. Lunch finished and it was time to dance! Briana got the ladies up and moving with a motivational dance that affirmed their beauty, strength and potential. We have a couple of dancers in this group, so everyone did just great learning the steps and having a great time.
The last activity was Travel Jeopardy that was orchestrated and led by Marcella. This is such an interactive and engaging way of introducing the teens to bGw. It was quite competitive and although Team A was leading by a few hundred dollars, Team B came back and took the WIN! They were all winners however as they got to learn so many great facts about topics like careers in travel, Africa, festivals around the world and much more!
The day concluded with take home gifts including candy and treats from around the world, custom t-shirts by Cali Crafts and a handful of laughs and memories. It's the perfect combination to kick off the next 2 years on the go! Enjoy the slideshow which gives a visual recap of this amazing day!
Photography donated by Traci Elaine.