I have joined with Alejandra Badillo and we started a Women's Group for our school, Chinquapin Prep. We have become the coordinators of this group but we do have help from our teacher, Susan Davis, and Allison Marek, a representative from Girls Inc., to help make this group a place where girls are comfortable and can express and ask questions freely.
Our first meeting: It took place in the lounge and we had 13 girls show up. In this meeting, we really didn't address anything in particular. Alejandra and I wanted to know what the girls wanted to get out of the group; what they wanted to address and discuss. We did an activity involving magazine cut-outs and posting them on a bulletin board. After cutting out pictures that portrayed issues that were of importance to the girls, we discussed them. Alejandra and I got a good sense on what our group wanted to address so we have sat down and coordinated a schedule based on the results of the activity.
The first meeting made us realize that it takes a lot of planning to make a meeting run smoothly. Also another thing that we were made aware of was time, it seemed to go by so fast when in reality we could have estimated the time everything would taken in order to make the meeting flow better, but overall it was a good meeting.