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The Branch conducted Voter Registration Drives at Drew University, Fairleigh Dickenson University and the County College of Morris. Over 200 new voters were signed up at the three events
April, May 2008
Assertiveness Training for Girls
The highly successful Fall Assertiveness Training Workshops were repeated in April and again in May. The program “How To Say What You Mean Without Being Mean (And Still Keep Your Friends)” was offered through theConnection for Women and Families / The Girl Project – based in Summit. This interactive workshop for girls in 5th and 6th grades were held in the Chase Room of the Madison Public Library.
The workshops were led by Lisamarie Slattery. Ms. Slattery received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Rutgers College, Rutgers University and her Masters Degree in Counseling, Human Services, and Guidance from Montclair State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has worked as a mental health therapist with children and adolescents for 12 years, both in a hospital and private setting providing individual and group services. Ms. Slattery currently works for The Connection for Women and Families as the Program Director and a facilitator of Girl Project.
At the workshop girls learned to:
q Be direct, genuine and assertive
q Identify common challenging social situations
q Create and maintain healthy social relationships
q Be honest and authentic with others
By underwriting some of the costs for this educational workshop, we continue to advance our mission to advocate for women and girls. AAUW Madison Branch co-sponsored the fall workshops, while the spring workshops were partially funded by a grant from the AAUW-NJ Charitable Trust Fund.
Feedback from all workshops was very positive, with girls able to identify specifics things that they learned. Very high percentage (80-90) indicated that they would recommend the workshop to others.
The Branch co-sponsored with the Madison Alliance against Substance Abuse (MAASA), a program on internet security. Henry Coates, a senior at Drew University held a live-internet presentation on Facebook, YouTube and MySpace, providing a navigation guide for parents who wanted to learn more about what their children are doing on the internet.