|Description of Project|
One of the project's organizers is Anne Falla, an PCV from Newberg, OR, and a recent OSU graduate. She sent the following description of the project.
"Our village plans to host two gender empowerment weekend camps, a TOBE (Teaching Our Boys to Excel) weekend camp followed by a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) weekend camp. Our goals are simple - to promote healthy gender ideas and eliminate gender-based discrimination for the youth of two local regions.
"Each weekend a new group of 30 students will arrive to our Second School and explore new ideas, define their old ideas and walk away being stronger leaders because of it. Girls/boys will be discussing leadership, gender oppression, job and resume skills, body image, sexual health, healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS, self-esteem...all while playing games, making new friendships from around the region, and tie dye! All information will be given in Russian or Ukrainian, but English will be encouraged- so youth will be mastering those rusty English skills as well.
"We know from past experiences that GLOW/TOBE camps are effective in promoting gender equality and we are personally excited as a community to be hosting such camps at our site."