Spotlight: 6th Grade Girls at Lake Elmo Elementary Love the Skin They're In!

February 10, 2012
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6th Grade Girls at Lake Elmo Elementary Love the Skin They're In!

Twice a week, a group of 6th grade girls at Lake Elmo Elementary gather together to build community and utilize their unique talents in a program called Lovin' The Skin I'm In. Lovin' the Skin I'm In offers the girls a chance to strengthen their communication skills, increase their self-confidence and enhance their critical thinking abilities both inside and outside of their classrooms. The program, founded by Robin Hickman and based on the award winning novel The Skin I'm In, provides a meaningful and relevant platform for girls to nurture and be supported in their academic, social and emotional development growth. Girls have an opportunity to create and implement a Community Service Learning Project, to express themselves in a myriad of ways and are able to connect with youth from other school communities at three Saturday day long retreats. Through teamwork, self-reflection and conversations that help to understand the powerful impact of media on young people's lives, the group of 6th grade girls at Lake Elmo Elementary truly learn to love the skin they're in.

Lovin' The Skin I'm In is sponsored and funded by the East Metro Integration District (EMID), a collaborative with St. Paul Public Schools and nine east suburban school districts, including the Stillwater Area School district. All of the EMID youth programming purposefully embeds the following key components: intra/inter-cultural competency, high academic achievement, civic engagement and leadership.