Dream Girls development programme set to make its Bermuda Day Parade debut
Members of the girls club Dream Girls will be making their first appearance in the Bermuda Day Parade on Friday.
The youth mentorship and development programme for girls aged nine to 13 was founded in 2007 by Margaret Giloth of the Mission of Phenomenal People Charity.
Backed by a team of nurturing volunteers Ms Giloth attributed the programme’s success over the years to “the dedicated support of numerous mothers and community partners”.
“We took the goal of entering the parade and used it as a teaching tool to help the girls learn all aspects of planning and fulfilling a dream,” said Ms Giloth.
“Each young lady assumed responsibility for one aspect of the myriad of tasks that go into participating in the parade.
“They decided on their own costume, selected the music, designed the truck decorations and they choreographed their dance routine.
“With the help of parents and many supporters, the dream will be fulfilled as we march through the city streets on Bermuda Day. And the lessons learned will serve the young ladies for life.”
She also commended volunteer team members Verna Jones, Chris Harker, and Delma Parfitt. “The amount of love and focus on steering our youth in the right direction is commendable,” said Ms Giloth.
She took the opportunity to appeal to other resourceful women in the community to share their time, talent and resources to held build up the next generation to be “healthy, happy, self-driven achievers who will contribute positively toward Bermuda’s future”.
Leading up to the Bermuda Day holiday, members participated in a weekend motivational retreat on Port’s Island on May 17 with ten female chaperones.
Said Ms Giloth: “Among the many activities, the girls enjoyed swimming, storytelling, hiking, designing costumes from natural and recycled materials for a midnight fashion extravaganza, and practicing their dance routine for the parade.
“The weekend programme also included sessions on lifeskills development, reflections on Bermuda history, etiquette and dream building exercises.”
The group meeting weekly on Saturdays at the Bermuda Youth Library on Church Street between 12pm and 2pm and membership is free.
Ms Giloth added: “Our next big adventure is to travel overseas in 2014 to a fun destination where we will explore and learn more valuable life lessons to further their development into empowered young women.
“Our goal is to positively influence people by providing educational seminars, workshops, and charitable events to unite, empower, and inspire people to become their personal best.
“We seek to provide resources to encourage the building of strong families while uniting people and creating an authentic bond of community.”