GEV ends fifth year of success

A successful tween-age girls program aiming to instil self-esteem was born through the Safer Boundary Initiative six years ago.

Dennis Culic (standing) of Rock Creek Ranch hosted the year-end windup of Girl’s Eye View recently.

Dennis Culic (standing) of Rock Creek Ranch hosted the year-end windup of Girl’s Eye View recently.

Once again another year gone by for the Girl’s Eye View (GEV) group!

The group is an initiative of the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and was born out of the Safer Boundary Initiative six years ago. They meet throughout the school year and this year the group is comprised of some 30 tween-age girls from the West Boundary area.

GEV held its annual wind-up event on June 11 at Rock Creek Ranch, hosted by ranch owner Dennis Culic. The theme was “the Olden Days” – whatever that means to the girls, anything from Egyptian days to the ‘80s!

A big thank you to all the funders of this group including the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Area E RDKB Director Bill Baird, Boundary Family and Individual Services Society, School District 51 (Boundary), and the Kettle Rivers Lions Club.

Thank you to all the guest speakers over the year who helped support the goals of the group. These would include instilling positive self-esteem in young women before they enter high school, providing a safe space for young women to speak their own mind and express themselves in a safe and accepting environment, using tools such as photography, journaling, and guided conversation.

Carol Mitchell from Boundary Family and Individual Services Society and Deborah Baker from Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy are the GEV facilitators.