The end of the school year is swiftly approaching. ROX cocurricular program is also wrapping up. Over 75 girls participated in Ruling Our experiences this school year. Due to restrictions related to the pandemic, some of the local schools and facilitators did not implement a ROX program this school year. Many of them anticipate starting ROX back up next year. A summary of the program participants supported by United Way is provided below.
10 girls at Centerburg Elementary School
11 girls at Centerburg Middle School
8 girls at Fredericktown Elementary School
18 girls at Pleasant Street Elementary School in Mount Vernon
28 girls at the Knox County Career Center including Junior Cosmetology Lab and the Junior Early Childhood Education Lab
Additional students in the Senior Knox County Career Center Cosmetology Lab. These girls started the ROX program last spring but were unable to finish the program due to school closures.
1 Facilitator Certification Training fee
1 Facilitator Recertification Training fee
1 additional Facilitator Certification Training fee was supported by our United Way Partner Agency New Directions
Recently one of our facilitators shared feedback from her program participants. Girls were asked to share their ROX takeaways in short notes. The following were some of their responses:
I have learned to always try and be confident and be supportive and not mean.
It's ok to show feelings.
Have sympathy for others.
Using I statements to express yourself. Knowing your tone. (passive, aggressive, assertive)
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Self love. Not to let people get to you with what they say.
How to appropriately behave in specific situations involving both men and women.
How to take care of myself as a person.
I like learning about my assertive rights.
To be assertive.
Knowing I'm not alone.
ROX can be a safe place.
Learning to be assertive and not be aggressive.
How to approach others. Who I can count on. Listen and support others.
Getting a break from the normal day is refreshing and helpful.
Who to talk to. How to be assertive.
Not everyone is your best friend.
Ways to be more assertive and that I have more people who support me than I thought.
Be genuine to everybody because you don't know what they're going through.
There is a difference between aggressive and assertive.
I have learned to be confident with myself and to not be aggressive.
Online reactions. Finding someone to support you and being there for someone.
4 different ways of communicating.
Women United helps to make ROX a safe place for girls in our community to learn these take-aways and implement them in their daily lives.