NJ Native Rene Fern is a volunteer in Tonga. The RPCV-NJ donated $500 to her Peace Corps Partnership Project described below and we look forward to hearing from her regarding the progress of this initiative.
Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) is a week-long sleep-away camp designed to empower its participants by: 1.) Advocating a healthy lifestyle; 2.) Providing vital information on sensitive topics; 3.) Teaching leadership and team-building skills; 4.) Encouraging critical thinking and logical decision-making; 5.) Building a network of motivated girls and women; 6.) And fostering self-confidence and creative expression through a fun, safe, judgment-free environment.
Camp GLOW is part of a nationwide project that conducts individual camps on two islands, hosting female 9th grade student leaders from various middle and high schools within the region who have displayed academic excellence and leadership potential. The camp will engage 25 girls in a week of games, sports, arts, technical training, and educational sessions. The sessions will cover topics such as goal setting, leadership, water safety, public speaking, conflict resolution, sexual health, the rights of women and children, sexual harassment and domestic abuse, nutrition, food sanitation, and environmental responsibility. The camp will emphasize the importance of being informed, active, independent, and responsible citizens, and will include an element of community service.
This contribution also falls under the US government’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve which is promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama in cooperation with the Peace Corps.