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Nightlight also provides reunions for families to get together throughout the year for picnics and trips to amusement parks. These reunions allow the children to see old friends or make new friends who were adopted just the way they were.

Every year, Nightlight brings children over to Southern California from orphanages in Eastern Europe. These tours are to raise awareness of these precious children and the wonderful addition they or the many others back home could make to an American family.

Nightlight Foundation is the humanitarian and outreach division of Nightlight Christian Adoptions. Nightlight sponsors several programs in Eastern Europe and Asia to help the children who are left behind. Educational programs are funded, cultural events are sponsored, and material aid is sent to the orphanages.

When families return with their children, there is a time of adjustment. Most of the issues that arise are normal problems that all children face; others are more complex. Nightlight provides professional support to our client families to ease them through the transition.


Our first Event to raise awareness of embryo adoption was held in Richmond, Virginia. About 60 people enjoyed an evening of great music, a nice dinner, and moving speakers. The Vest family shared their journey through embryo adoption. Their two beautiful children entertained the audience with their playfulness and brought tears to many eyes as they climbed into their parents’ arms giving kisses and hugs as they spoke. Dr. John Pierce, an OBGYN doctor at the Medical College of Virginia, shared his perspective from the medical field and Victoria Charbonneau shared about the joys of adoption. Many people asked questions at the end and the agency has received several calls for more information since the dinner.

The Texas Event Weekend followed and was a great success. On Thursday, August 3rd, Hope Cottage in Dallas held an informational seminar on embryo adoption. The seminar was very successful, with attendees from a variety of racial backgrounds. Both genetic and prospective adopting parents came to learn about the option. There were also members of the press covering the seminar. On the following Saturday, a reunion was held at the Ranch of Lonesome Dove. This was attended by both Snowflakes and international clients, as well as the Star Community Newspaper and the local CBS Station.



Our Southern California event to raise awareness of embryo adoption was a great success. The event was held at Pump It Up in Anaheim Hills, CA on April 28th. The children and parents enjoyed getting together. Many of them had an opportunity to talk with reporters from the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register, who in turn will share information with the public through articles in their papers about embryo adoption. Events of this type will also be held in other regions around the country. If you are interested in participating in Washington state, Georgia, Pennsylvania, or the Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky area, please let us know. We would love to have you be a part of this exciting work. You may contact Kathryn Deiters at for further information.

On August 12th, the Colorado Event took place. There was a wonderful response, with great attendance, lots of questions asked, and many packets of information taken. Ted Harvey of the Colorado House of Representatives spoke, as did John Fuller of Focus on the Family, Ron Stoddart, and Marlene Strege (Snowflake Adopting Mom). Family News in Focus and the local television station Channel 7 covered the event.

Snowflakes kids planted trees in the Family Tree Garden at Irvine Regional Park during the Southern California Embryo Awareness event held on August 26. Congressman Ed Royce and local Assemblyman Chuck DeVore spoke on the issues surrounding embryo adoption, and many Snowflakes families were in attendance to share their experiences with this successful form of adoption.

If you would like to be involved in these outreach efforts, please contact Kathryn Deiters at to get more information.



Volunteer Programs As a nonprofit organization The Women’s Center relies on volunteers from the community to facilitate programs and maintain the quality of services available. Volunteers provide outreach to women in our community. If you are interested xvideos in volunteering at The Women’s Center, please browse the volunteer opportunities below. For a volunteer application or for more information, call our Director of Community Outreach . You can also download a volunteer application (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Direct Service, First Response, Teens Climb High Mentor, M.A.G.I.C. Volunteer Duties: Act as a porno first contact to individuals who call or walk-in the Center. Provide information, support and community referrals to Triangle area women and sign clients up for programs and services Commitment: 6 months minimum Skills Required: 6 hour training required and 6 hour observation. Strong communication skills. Ability to work xnxx with people from a variety of backgrounds. Hours: Volunteers work one weekly shift of 3 hours. Position: Volunteer Mentor, Teens Climb High Mentors are matched with a girl (age 11-14) from the TCH program. Mentors and their mentees participate in a wide variety of activities together, such as doing homework, cooking dinner, or going to a movie. Mentors develop a supportive, one-on- redtube relationship with their mentee, and are available to talk about a variety of life issues.
Commitment: One year*

Skills Required: Mentors must be female and 21 or older Need access to transportation (preferably a car) Should be mature, responsible, caring and work well with youth All new pornhub mentors must participate in training sessions provided by Teens Climb High staff Hours: Mentors commit to the program for one year* and spend a minimum of two hours a week with their mentee. (*some exceptions are made on an individual basis. Please talk with the Teens Climb High staff if you are interested in volunteering, but cannot commit for a full year) Additional volunteer opportunities youporn are available with Teens Climb High throughout the year including after-school assistant, event volunteer, or program provider. Please contact Lisa Bender for more information about these positions.

Position: Media Literacy Volunteer, The M.A.G.I.C Project Contact: Director of Adolescent Programs, 919.968.4610 Duties: Volunteers are needed to help with curriculum development and marketing. In addition, there are some opportunities for volunteers to provide programming to middle and high school youth groups. Commitment: Varies Skills Required:

• Knowledge and interest in the field of media literacy.
• The ability to work well with youth.
Hours: Varies Back to Top Position: Career Counselor – No volunteers currently needed for this position Contact: Director of Communications and Career Development, 919-968-4610 Duties: To work one-on-one with clients with varying levels of need for career guidance and advice. Topics include: career exploration, resume writing, cover letters, job search strategies (including networking), interviewing, goal setting, etc. Also, volunteers have the opportunity to provide workshops on any career-related topic. Learn more about Career Programs. Commitment: 1 year Skills Required: Strong communication skills (counseling skills recommended), including excellent verbal and listening skills; ability to engage client in career discussion; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate ideas and strategies effectively Ability to gather information from client; ability to assess client needs and address them appropriately Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and with varying educational levels and career aspirations Professional presentation of self; dependability; punctuality Effective public speaking/presentation skills (for those interested in providing workshops)
Ability to work independently Training is provided on how to address general career issues Hours: Minimum one appointment per week

Position: Financial Counselor – Need 1-3 volunteers at this time; training to be held in January 2005 Contact: Director of Financial & Housing Programs, 919-968-4610 Duties: To provide one-on-one counseling sessions to clients regarding budgeting, credit, financial goal setting and related issues. In addition, financial counselors make referrals to resources in the community as necessary. Learn more about Community Financial Counseling. Commitment: 1 year Skills Required: Strong communication skills, including excellent verbal and listening skills; ability to engage clients in discussion regarding personal finances; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate ideas and strategies effectively Some experience with finance and/or direct service with clients strongly preferred Ability to assess client needs and address them appropriately Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and with varying financial goals Professional presentation of self; dependability; punctuality Effective public speaking/presentation skills (for those interested in providing workshops) Ability to work independently Training is provided on how to address general budgeting and credit issues Hours: Minimum one appointment per week

Back to Top Workshops & Support Groups Position: Community Education Workshop Facilitator Duties: To facilitate workshop or social group on a topic of your choice. Interested volunteers will be sent a program proposal form. (Or download here, required Adobe Acrobat). See workshops currently offered. Commitment: Varies. Skills Required: Experience or knowledge in topic of workshop Experience facilitating or teaching a group. Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds. Hours: Varies. Position: Clinical Program Facilitator Duties: To facilitate workshop or support group on a topic of your choice. Interested volunteers will be sent a program proposal form. See support groups currently offered. Commitment: Varies. Skills Required: Mental Health degree (Master’s level) and clinical experience with groups, workshops. Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds. Hours: Varies.

Back to Top Committees Position: Development Committee – No volunteers currently needed for this position Contact: Executive Director, 919-968-4610 Duties: The committee oversees the planning and coordination of fundraising efforts outlined in the Fundraising plan. This will include: the annual fundraising campaign (Annual Appeal)
solicitations for special matching funds and challenge grants
solicitations from corporations planning special events/benefits/activities/workshops Commitment: Members are asked to commit to at least one year. Committee meets as needed, usually once a month. Skills Required: Previous non-profit development or fundraising experience (suggested) Knowledge of The Women’s Center and its programs and services Knowledge of the community Hours: Varies.

Back to Top Position: Art Show Committee Contact: Art Show Coordinator, 919-968-4610 Duties: Varies with subcommittees. Subcommittees include Opening Night, Luncheon, Art Exhibition, Underwriting, Silent Auction, Raffle, Program and Crafts. See the Art Show website. Securing donations for raffle and silent auction Publicizing the event Hours: Varies.

Many one-time positions are also available if you are interested in volunteering to work at an event during the week of the art show. Please click here for more information on our art show events volunteer opportunities. Position: Public Relations Committee Offer public relations and marketing advice to The Women’s Center Assists with the implementation of the Marketing Plan of the Center Commitment: Members as asked to commit to at least one year. Skills Required:

Experience and knowledge or in Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Communications Hours: Committee meets once a month from August-May. Do you love putting together scrapbooks and photo albums? The Women’s Center needs a volunteer to create an album to archive our history the last few years. Requirements: a great visual eye, creativity, enthusiasm, skilled at detailed work, and dependability. We’ll provide the album, pages, and photos/news clips. You provide ideas and put it all together. Would you like to interview women and write up their stories? We need someone to write The Women’s Center’s herstory for the last five years. Next year, 2004, is The Women’s Center’s 25th anniversary. Our Herstory was written for the first twenty years of The Women’s Center’s existence. This volunteer will complete it from 1998 to present. You will interview past executive directors, past and present board members, volunteers and other people related to The Women’s Center; research newspaper articles and Center publications; and then synthesize, consolidate and write up the most pertinent information from the research into the rest of our Herstory. Excellent writing skills and strong interviewing skills required. Skills Required:

Varies with positions. Positions include: Greeters, Registration Table, Art Sellers, Silent Auction Sellers, Crafts Sellers, Raffle Sellers, Information Table Volunteers, Runners, etc. Hours: See above for specific dates and times. Shifts may vary. If you are interested in working year-long on our art show, please click here for more information on our art show committee opportunities. Limited parking for clients available adjacent to The Women’s Center Take 15-501 South towards Chapel Hill. Take the Franklin Street exit, which exits to the right off 15-501. Stay on Franklin St. for about 3 miles. Look for the Morehead Planetarium on the left. After passing the Planetarium, you will come to the intersection of Franklin St. and Henderson St. At the stoplight, take a right onto Henderson. Go through the next stoplight (Rosemary St). After Rosemary St., The Women’s Center is the second building on the right, a two-story tan house. From Raleigh: Take I-40 West towards Chapel Hill. Take exit 270 (Exit to your left onto 15-501 South). Go down 15-501 about 3 miles. Take the Franklin Street exit, which exits to the right off 15-501. Stay on Franklin St. for about 3 miles. Look for the Morehead Planetarium on the left. After passing the Planetarium, you will come to the intersection of Franklin St. and Henderson St. At the stoplight, take a right onto Henderson. Go through the next stoplight (Rosemary St). After Rosemary St., The Women’s Center is the second building on the right, a two-story tan house. From Carrboro: Take Rosemary Street going in the direction of Chapel Hill. Stay on Rosemary St. until you cross over S. Columbia St. At the next stoplight take a left onto Henderson St. The Women’s Center is the second house on the right. From Hillsborough: Take 1-40 East. Take exit 266 (Hwy 86/Airport Road), take a right on to Airport Road off the exit. Stay on Airport Rd. until you get to Rosemary St. Take a left on Rosemary St. At the next stoplight take a left onto Henderson St. The Women’s Center is the second house on the right.



Come by and visit our Resource Room for information on community activities and programs. We also have:

· listings of redtube attorneys and therapists (including their specialties and fees)
· lesbian, bisexual and transgender resources
· a job notebook with up-to-date openings from Triangle employers
· a housing xvideos notebook that lists places to rent as well as people looking for an apartment or house
· a free resource poster that lists local services and agencies women might need The Resource Room is open to the public anytime The Women’s Center is open. Please click here for Center hours. Finding a Resource You Need Please click here for information on videos porno community resources. If you New Choices…Strategies for Success Career Programs at The Women’s Center Individual Career Counseling Career counseling volunteers can meet with you individually to help you plan your job search. We can help you with:
· Putting youjizz together a resume
· Practicing interviewing skills
· Learning youporn job search techniques
· Preparing for a job search
· Assessing your skills using career
exploration xnxx exercises Career-Building Workshops We offer workshops to help you get and keep the career that is right for you. Please click here to find our upcoming career workshop offerings.

Educational Assistance
We offer scholarships to help pay for tuition or books for women who qualify for financial assistance. We want to support women who need more education to improve their employment options. Please call 919-968-4610 for more information.

Please click here for more career/employment resources.Support Groups
Separation and Divorce* Thursdays, January 13 – February 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. This 7-week group will provide women who are going through separation and divorce a safe, confidential, and nurturing setting in which they may give and receive empathy, mutual respect, and encouragement to help each other cope with this difficult life transition. At least one session will be led by a local attorney and will address the legal issues of separation and divorce, child custody, finances, and the role of professional medication. All participants will learn about the psychological tasks of divorce for both adults and children. If participants are parents, one session will focus on ways in which parents can help cushion the impact of divorce on their children. The group process will support needed expression of grief, loss, and anger but will also seek to discover the unique and rare opportunities for self-understanding and transformation. Facilitated by Flora Dunbar, MA, LPA, LPC, staff psychologist at OPC Area Program and psychologist/counselor in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Open to women only. Free. Donations to The Women’s Center welcomed.

Support Group Guidelines: Potential group members will meet or speak on the phone with facilitators prior to the group for a screening interview to determine if the group is an appropriate match and to answer questions
Back to top Women’s Empowerment Feminist Reading and Discussion
Tuesdays, Nov. 23, Jan. 25 & Feb 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Join this ongoing group for women that focuses on readings with a multicultural feminist perspective. Call Abbie Tom at 933-8972 for more information. Free.

Creative Conflict Resolution
Tuesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25, & Feb. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Have you ever had a conflict with someone that seems impossible to resolve? Do you wonder what options exist for resolving conflicts? Join us for this four-part series that explains how professional mediation works as well as how you can use simple mediation skills in your own life to resolve conflicts. The introductory session will focus on how individuals choose mediation, the pros and cons of using a mediator, and options for resolving the conflict on your own. The following three sessions are based on the tenets of mediator training and will focus on honing your own conflict resolutions skills. You will learn the art of skillful conflict resolution by studying negotiation styles, how personality type factors into conflict, and effective communication skills. You’ll have an opportunity to practice your new skills at the end of each session. Facilitated by Lesley Marijke McCandless, certified Dispute Resolution Mediator, who has extensive experience in family, court, and complex mediation. Open to women only. $25 members/$30 non-members. Participants must attend all four sessions. Scholarships available.

Women and Sexuality in the Modern Age
Tuesday, February 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
What does it take for women to be able to safely express themselves sexually in this day and age? This workshop offers you an opportunity to learn about your body and your pleasure through a discussion about safe sex, healthy pleasure, and how to communicate in a sexual relationship. We’ll talk about taking care of your body, birth control options, and how to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases and other infections. We’ll discuss how we explore and honor pleasure through a variety of ways and talk about the myths and realities of orgasm, the g-spot, clitoris, masturbation, and sex toys. We’ll also explore how communication plays into a sexual relationship, and learn new skills we can use in talking about sex with a partner and exploring changes in a sexual relationship. It’s time to listen to our bodies, honor ourselves, and be healthy! Facilitated by Laura Poole, sexuality educator and facilitator Open to women only. $20 members/$25 non-members. Scholarships available.
Three Goddess Nights
Saturdays, February 12, 26 & March 12, 8-10:00 p.m.
Join us in a night for the mind, a night for the body, and a night for the soul held at the off-site rustic MZM Retreat Center. We invite you to three evenings of play where anything is possible! You will get to play with goddess clothes the facilitator has collected from around the world, dance just for yourself, do art just for the fun of it, share favorite books and poems, and read Zen tarot cards. Those who would like to can relax in the jacuzzi in the woods. The only thing you need to bring is yourself (and a bathing suit). Expect the unexpected and carpe diem! Facilitated by Lesley McCandless, freelance writer, speaker, mediator, and retreat coordinator. To register, call 919-968-4610. For more information about the workshop or for directions to the retreat center, please call 493-1443. Open to women only. $20 members/$25 non-members (materials fee included). Scholarships available.

Playgroup for Adults Monday, February 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Do you sometimes feel jealous of your child’s ability to play freely and joyfully? Early play is about process over product, so it is impossible to do it wrong. It’s about creativity and activities like making collages, working with clay, painting, and dramatic play. It gives us a chance to explore blocks to connecting with our own creativity. It is about making choices, playing out feelings, self-awareness. Maybe you didn’t have enough of this in childhood, so come play now. Facilitated by Nancy Jeannechild, LCSW. Nancy provides therapy for children and has extensive experience in adult play groups. She currently has a private practice in Chapel Hill. Open to women only. $10 members/$15 non-members. Scholarships available.

Women in Transition Group Wednesdays, February 23 – April 13, 7-8:30 p.m. (Co-sponsored by The Women’s Center and Marjorie Scheer, to be held at 204 Rigsbee Avenue, in Downtown Durham) When we go through transitions in life, we often feel alone and isolated. The opportunity to share with other women helps us feel stronger and more capable of making changes. It helps us to access the strength we already have. With assistance from other women, this group will help you navigate new challenges. If you are a woman, 28 and older, who is moving through a challenging transition (separation, job loss/change, divorce, a recent move, an empty nest, relationship struggles, or any other challenge with which you might need a hand) this group might be for you. Call 919-309-7744 for more information. Led by Marjorie Scheer, MSW, LCSW. Marjorie Scheer is an experienced group facilitator and psychotherapist. Maximum $40 per session – a sliding fee schedule is available based on income.

Media Literacy Making Media Literacy a Part of Youth Programs Thursday, February 17, 2005 (Time and cost: TBA) Location: The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of NC office, 10001 Main St., Suite D, Chapel Hill In the United States, children and adolescents spend an average of 6 hours a day with some form of media. Research has shown that teens who are exposed to a high level of sexual content in the media are more likely to engage in sexual activity. Media literacy gives students the knowledge and skills they need to analyze media messages so that they can independently decide whether to accept or reject what they are seeing and hearing. During this training, Jane Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill, will provide an overview of current research about the media and its impact on youth. Kate Rademacher, Director of Adolescent Programs at The Women’s Center in Chapel Hill, will share practical strategies for how educators can incorporate media literacy education into pregnancy prevention initiatives and other programs for youth. For more information

Career You’re Hired! Creating Resumes and Cover Letters Wednesday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Do you want to develop an effective resume and cover letter but aren’t sure where to begin? Do you have a mixture of job-related experiences but aren’t sure how to organize them or present them in the most effective light? Whether you are new to resume writing or need a refresher, you’ll learn how to put together the best resume for the job you are seeking. We will cover:
Purpose of a resume and cover letter
Creating a resume and cover letter
Comparison of several resume styles
Group feedback on your personal resume
Feel free to bring a copy of your resume for review, or — if you don’t have a resume — please bring a list of experiences you would like to include on a resume that we will begin creating in class. Facilitated by Holly Tiemann, Staff Development Specialist with UNC-CH’s Department of Training and Development. Open to women only. $10 members/ $15 non-members. Scholarships available.

Interview like a Star: The Do’s & Don’ts of Interviewing
Tuesday, February 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Save yourself from becoming infamous for the laughs the interview team enjoys after the interview! This workshop will teach you how to avoid interview mistakes and will include tips to make your interview experience shine above the other candidates. Facilitated by Ranya Hahn, a human resources specialist. $10 members/$15 non-members. Scholarships available. Financial Programs Financial ACCOUNT-ability Thursday, March 31, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Do you know the difference between cash in the bank and surplus? Do you know the difference between a cash flow budget and a profit and loss budget? Do you know how to read the financial ratios on a balance sheet? ACCOUNT-ability Means Everyone ™, is an award-winning workshop that uses a unique method to teach business people to understand and communicate through financial information. You will learn: A simple system for reading and assessing financial data at home and in your business operations. How to intelligently and competently interact with financial and non-financial stakeholders. How to manage the financial affairs in your organization with fiscal responsibility.
You are guaranteed to leave this course with the necessary skills to navigate, monitor and communicate through financials, with practical take-home tools you can use right away in your business area. For more information, please call Connie at 919-968-4610.

Legal Pro Se (DO IT YOURSELF) Divorce Clinic Thursday, February 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Should you file for your own divorce? Would you like more information about how to file without hiring an attorney, and whether that choice is appropriate for you? Come join us as Attorney Laura Stephenson Irwin presents a workshop on Pro Se Absolute Divorce. You’ll learn what important issues might have to be addressed prior to the filing of your divorce as well as how to fill out the legal documents and represent yourself in court. Information packets containing the specific forms used by the courts will be distributed. Free. Advanced registration is required. Please visit legal information services for more information on The Women’s Center’s other legal services such as the Legal Information Service, Family Law in North Carolina, and the Community Legal Project. Legal services are specific to residents of North Carolina.

Wellness & Health Lesbian Reading Group Thursdays, November 18, January 20 & February 17, 7-8:30 p.m. This group will focus on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, women’s physical and mental health, lifestyle topics such as partnering, parenting, and dealing with homophobia, self-esteem, and becoming advocates within our communities. The aim is to share questions, stories, and information with each other about important topics in the lesbian community. Facilitated by Jennifer McMillen. Free. Exercise, Empowerment, and Aging Thursday, January 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Exercise at any age is important, but after age 40 it becomes necessary. We are living longer and the prospect of aging has taken on new meaning. While we want to respect and accept aging as the natural process that it is, we also want those years to have as much quality as possible and to retain our independence. This workshop will explore myths about aging and exercise. You’ll learn that many of the health problems associated with aging can be prevented or reversed with exercise, and that some aspects of “aging” are not as inevitable as you might think. You can empower yourself to take control over the process! We’ll address common aging concerns of women including osteoporosis, weight gain, heart disease, depression, and menopause. You’ll learn how to use exercise to meet these challenges and to feel strong, fit, vital, and energetic at any age. Facilitated by Daya Kaplan, M.A., C.P.T., who is a certified personal trainer and has extensive experience addressing the health and fitness needs of women. Open to women only. $15 members/$20 non-members. Scholarships available.

Health Insurance on Your Own Thursday, January 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
This informative workshop, led by health insurance specialist John Sipp, CLU, LUTCF, will teach you what is currently available on the health insurance market and how to choose the best plan for you. The workshop will provide information about finding the best medical and prescription coverage, as well as offer strategies to help you navigate our complex and often challenging health insurance system. Open to women and men. $20 members/ $25 non-members. Scholarships available. Back to top Registration Information: Please Note! Preregistration with payment is required for all programs! The Women’s Center asks for a program fee, but full and partial scholarships are available. Please call 919-968-4610 for a scholarship application. Please register at least 1 week prior to a program’s starting date to ensure that the program is not cancelled. Attendance at the first session of support groups is required and is essential to the process of trust-building. Programs are open to women and men unless noted otherwise. To register for a program: Enclose name, full address, phone number along with the program title and mail it with your payment to:
PO Box 1057, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, or Phone in with your Visa/Mastercard, or Simply drop by the Center at 210 Henderson Street, downtown Chapel Hill. Please call 919-968-4610 for directions or get direction online. Refunds are given only for cancelled programs. Programs are held at 210 Henderson Street unless otherwise noted. We do have a small parking lot, but when the lot is full, parking is available in the Rosemary Street parking deck and along Henderson and North Streets after 5:00 p.m

Adolescent Programs

Adolescent Programs
Adolescent Programs

The Women’s Center offers two primary programs for adolescents: Teens Climb High and M.A.G.I.C (Media Analysis of Gender and Image Construction). Teens Climb High M.A.G.I.C (Media Analysis of Gender and Image Construction)
Teens Climb High

Teens Climb High (TCH) is an empowerment program for middle school girls from low-income families in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. TCH provides participants with comprehensive support to make positive life choices and avoid teen pregnancy. Girls begin TCH in 6th grade and typically remain in the program until they graduate from middle school. The program includes a number of components including after-school programming, mentoring, enrichment activities and case management.

• After-School Sessions
All girls participate in weekly group sessions that focus on health and sexuality education, communication and decision-making skills, conflict resolution, and service-learning.
• One-on-one Mentoring Each participant is matched with an adult mentor who spends two-hours a week with the girl doing a variety of fun, one-on-one activities together in the community.
• Case Management/Family Support TCH staff members maintain regular contact with families and help parents connect with community resources. TCH staff also collaborates with school personnel and facilitates the girls’ involvement with academic support services.
• Enrichment Activities Girls participate in special events throughout the year. These activities focus on team building, outdoor recreation, and exposure to valuable cultural experiences.

To learn more about Teens Climb High or for information about how to volunteer, please contact Kate Holbein Rademacher or Lisa Bender by phone at 919.968.4610 or by email. The M.A.G.I.C Project M.A.G.I.C. (Media Analysis of Gender and Image Construction), a media literacy program for middle and high school youth, gives participants the knowledge and skills they need to analyze and evaluate media messages related to gender, body image, violence, money and relationships. One-time presentations and multi-session groups are offered to boys and girls in a variety of settings. Staff is available to provide programming for schools and other community groups, as well as to offer consultation and training to educators who are interested in media literacy. The following workshops are available through the M.A.G.I.C program:

Media Manipulation: Introduction to Media Analysis Boxed In: Media, Gender Stereotypes, and Violence Prevention Body Talk: Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorder Prevention Dollars & Sense: Media, Money, and Financial Literacy What’s Eating You?: Media, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Reel Relationships: Relationships and Sexuality in the Media Making Media, Making Change: Media Literacy Action Projects for Students. Women’s Center Services:
“Thank you for your help in getting me out there,” said Ann*, a career counseling client at The Women’s Center. “You gave me help and that big push I needed.” Many women seek the Center’s services as they go through a major life transition. Ann’s husband had just announced he wanted a divorce, and Ann had been a homemaker for many years. Through our New Choices career program, we showed her the skills she had and guided her towards steady employment. 210 Henderson StreetFounded in 1979, The Women’s Center empowers women and girls to realize their potential. We are a non-profit resource center offering information, education, referral and support services to Triangle area women and their families. Core offerings include:

Legal Information, Financial Counseling, Career Counseling, Adolescent Programs, Community Education Workshops and Support Groups, Information and Referral, Annual Art Exhibition The Center serves nearly 6,000 women and men each year from Orange, Durham, Chatham, Wake, and Alamance counties and beyond. Utilizing a small staff and network of dedicated volunteers, we strive to provide an atmosphere of trust and acceptance where women can learn from each other:

Julie* took the “How to Cope when Your Relationship Ends” workshop because her husband had suddenly left her and their ten-year-old child. It helped her to talk with other women experiencing the loss of a partner, and she said the program “gave me the tools to help me through this crisis and empowered me to do so.” She also bought a copy of our Family Law in North Carolina book and made an appointment with the Legal Information Service to educate herself about child support issues. Debbie*, a financial counseling client, was in graduate school with high debt. She was raising her child alone with her only income being student loans and sporadic child support. Sitting down and talking over her finances with a certified volunteer financial counselor helped. “It was practical information that I can use, plus it was provided in a positive, gentle manner.”

The Women’s Center SilkscreenThe Women’s Center celebrates the talent, diversity and strength of thewomen in our community and works to overcome the barriers of race, age, class, educational level, and sexual orientation. Our adolescent programs include Teens Climb High, which targets girls from low-income families and matches them with mentors. Along with weekly activities such as horseback riding or attending a circus performance, one 8th grade girl and her mentor have developed a strong bond over the last two years. The Teens Climb High girl described her mentor as “real nice and giving. She’s like a part of my family.” We are often the first line of contact for women in crisis. We respond annually to over 3,500 personal calls for information and referral and to hundreds from other area agencies, and we maintain up-to-date notebooks on job listings, attorneys, therapists, and lesbian/bisexual/transgender resources.

The Women’s Center’s programs are funded in part by the Triangle United Way, the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and Orange County. The Center depends on individual contributions, membership dues, program fees and fundraising events such as our annual art exhibition, Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands to cover operating expenses. Many of The Women’s Center programs and services are free and those with fees are available on a sliding scale basis. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay for services. For a complete history of The Women’s Center, please go to TWC Herstory. Names have been changed to protect the identity of our clients.