If you could send a message to the whole world about what it’s like growing up as a girl today, what would you say? Here's your chance to break the silence and be heard.
Breaking Silences is a group open to girls grades 7th-12th. Our goal is to empower girls, celebrate what makes them unique and then help them cope with the pressure to be perfect as they face stereotypes to conform to a given image. We believe that all girls are inherently strong, smart and bold and we are here to help them develop a voice that can be trusted, respected and above all, heard. As we build a community of strong girls who develop a sense of self worth and self confidence, our goal is empower them to return to their community changed, strong and as positive role models.
Instructors: Elizabeth Namen, Rachel Martin and Carrye Burr.
Instructors are certified in " Youth Mental Health First Aid," which focuses on helping youth ages 12-18 who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or are in a crisis and DCF training.
Breaking Silences is funded and supported by:
East Hampton Youth and Family Services
Breaking Silences Memories
Breaking Silences 2016-In Her shoes
What is it like to walk in someone else's shoes? The girls took a walk in a variety of shoes leading to a variety of places. They found homeless people, bullies, a pregnant teen and learned valuable lessons along the way.
Breaking Silences 2015 - Pieces of Us
The play was written by the girls of Breaking Silences and focused on relationships and how our lives are interconnected. Underlying themes dealt with alcohol abuse and drinking and driving.
Breaking Silences 2014 - True Beauty
This original play asked the question: What is true beauty and how do we find it? The girls enter a beauty pageant only to find out that the judge is blind.
Breaking Silences 2013 - We As Women
We as women was an original play based on the struggle women have and are facing. Focusing on the hunger strikes, the right to vote, young girls like Malala who were shot simply for wanting to attend school and girls who struggle with sorrow of loss were just a few of the themes in the play.
Breaking Silences 2012 - Fairy Tales
An original play based on specific fairy tales. A girl named Dori always seems to complain, but once she enters into the land of fairtails, she realizes that it takes everyone to get a job done and learns valuable lessons along the way.
Thanks for coming to Beautiful Things 2016
"You are beautiful, smart, unique, and you are always enough. You are worth it, I tell her. And with the smallest of actions, with nothing more than a seed, her spirits were lifted in this one little deed. Yes, I believe love, will make you do crazy things." Little things are worth the investment.