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Jr. League Of Greenwich Panel Helps Parents Understand Middle School Girls

Top row, from left: Sara W. Rawson and Beth O'Malley; bottom row from left: Meredith Gold and Jenny Byxbee.
Top row, from left: Sara W. Rawson and Beth O'Malley; bottom row from left: Meredith Gold and Jenny Byxbee. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – Parents from Greenwich flooded the Perrot Memorial Library on March 2 to take part in “No Parent Left Behind: What’s on The Minds of Middle School Girls” panel discussion, presented by the Junior League of Greenwich.

Parents heard from experts in the fields of counseling and social media who taught over 350 sixth-grade girls over the past two years at the Junior League of Greenwich's Positively More program. Local professionals held sessions for middle school girls concerning friendship, self-esteem, morality, decision-making, and social media. Professionals included Sara Rawson, occupational therapist; Beth O'Malley, psychotherapist; Meredith Gold, director of domestic abuse services of the YWCA Greenwich; and Jenny Byxbee, Greenwich Youth Services director.

Acting as teen ambassadors in the Positively More program are 40 high school women from six schools who act as role models for the middle school girls. The panel discussion provided tips to parents concerning how to manage a middle school girl. The panelists explained how there is a need in society to assist the development of future female leaders. The Junior League of Greenwich is on the pulse of positively impacting middle school girls and guiding them to make mindful choices.

Joining the local team of professionals on the panel was a middle school girl from Eagle Hill School who discussed her experience at Positively More. Teen ambassadors joined the panel as well, providing reflections on what it was like for them to travel through middle school in Greenwich.

The Junior League of Greenwich is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained individuals. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

If interested in joining the Junior League of Greenwich, click here or contact the office at 203-869-1979.

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