Bianca Learns to Believe in Herself
Girls in the Game doesn’t only build the self-esteem and confidence of participants, but helps to mentor and guide coaches in their development as well. When Bianca first began coaching, she had little direct experience with coaching. But she soon learned she could turn to more experienced staff for help.
“Girls in the Game helped build my confidence working with young girls and taught me how to conquer some challenging behavior,” says Bianca. “As a counselor, I had to make sure that all girls looked up to me and at the same time, be enthusiastic about sports, be a powerful leader and act as a role model. You cannot learn that in school.”
After one summer with Girls in the Game, Bianca could already tell her hard work and the lessons she learned would stay with her for years to come. “Girls in the Game teaches you how to overcome a difficult situation when you encounter one - it prepares you for the outside world.”
Furthermore, at Girls in the Game the staff makes it a priority to ensure that programs are easily accessible and that girls are always safe. “Girls in the Game is very different from other nonprofit organizations,” says Bianca. “The organization helps families by providing busses when possible and picking up kids directly from the bus stop.” In addition, programs are set up to warmly welcome everyone and create both an emotionally and physically safe environment where girls can express themselves and try new healthy activities.
But what Bianca likes most about Girls in the Game is the diverse staff and coaches, and the fact that they all get along so well. “Girls in the Game opened my eyes for new opportunities,” shares Bianca. “Now I know that I love children and that I am good at what I do.”
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