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The conference included workshops from which the girls could choose. Those workshops included, "Life as a Border Patrol Agent," presented by Agent Kacy Howard; "Communication and Public Speaking" presented by Mary Avila from KGBT TV, and "Dream Big" by Janine Santoy, a self employed life coach.
The "Dream Big" workshop with Santoy prompted the girls to think seriously about their future and it generated new ideas for their future.
Tracy Hitchcock was curious to see what her daughter Alorah wrote on her vision board.
Judy Baker and Liz Phillips, who work for the Harlingen school district's child nutrition program, taught the girls about getting calcium and other important vitamins and minerals by making smoothies and trail mix. Cortez also attended the "Communication and Public Speaking" workshop.
Delilah Cortez, 10, was waiting for the workshop to begin. She'd already gone to the "Healthy Eaters, Strong Leaders" workshop. In that workshop, Michael Kors Purse Uk
"We got to pretend we were on the news," said Cortez, a Sam Houston Elementary School fifth grader. She got the opportunity to play the role of a broadcaster interviewing someone, she said.
Her mother, Jobina Cortez, enjoyed the experience with her and many of the girls had their mothers accompany them.
a good experience," she said. "She's my only daughter. It's brought us closer together."
Danielle Altenburg, director of fund development for the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, said about 80 girls attended. Most of them were between 10 and 14 years old.
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Dawn Rodriguez led the workshop "Body Image: Building Your Self Confidence." She taught the girls the importance of being comfortable with their body image and not allowing society to dictate how they should look. Rodriguez also emphasized the development of healthy eating habits. Too often, she said, children eat when they get bored.
"We're trying to change the way we view food," she said. "Kids associate a particular food with celebration."
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She wrote it all down on a sheet of hot pink construction paper Saturday at the Women Leaders of Tomorrow Conference. The conference at Memorial Middle School was sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas and the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.
"Remember what you want to do, what you want for Christmas, anything through next year," she said. "If you want to be on the A honor roll by December. Long term goals, look at college. The main thing is to be realistic, not 'I want a million Michael Kors Jet Set Saffiano Tote dollars by next year.'"
"I think it's helping her to focus on what her goals are," Tracy Hitchcock said. "She's in sixth grade going into seventh, and it's a big transition. There are many different choices at that age."
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She said instead of rewarding children with food, try taking them horseback riding or dolphin watching.
"It was fun because you get to experience things you never got to experience before," she said.
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