Yasmine Smith, Helix senior, has worked up something big for her senior project: a three day event- turned into a club- about feminism and self-empowerment. The event was held over Nov. 3, 4, and 6.
The meetings started out with a poem about loving oneself and others, entitled Love Love Love by Terrance Carter, senior.
Smith then presented a speech about the importance of having passions, loving yourself and being able to succeed independently and being happy with yourself.
The first activity Smith conducted was an individual one. Each person was instructed to write their name on a blank sheet of paper and circle it. Then, they were instructed to write something positive about themselves, the name of someone they look up to, a piece of advice for their peers, and finally, something they want to improve about themselves. Over 20 volunteers stood up to read theirs.
This project, Smith said, was prompted by her desire to have every woman love themselves and support their fellow women, and to empower young women.
On the first day, Yasmine Smith was nervous that nobody would participate, but by the third day, over 40 girls, and a few boys, came to show their support and learn valuable lessons about self-respect and feminism.
Smith hoped that the girls who participated would leave feeling strong, beautiful and empowered. She said that women should be supporting each other, rather than pushing each other down.
“It’s a very powerful and very important to understand your self-worth,” said Smith. “ and what you are capable of, because if you don’t know that, you will eat at yourself so much.”
Later during the event, the participants were told to stand in a large circle around the room and make a statement beginning with the phrase: “If you really knew me…” Then, they would admit something personal that most people wouldn’t have known about.
A lot of the girls’ confessions ended in hugs from their friends and applause for their courage in opening up to the group.
The event helped the attendees therapeutically discuss their feelings and support their peers, which gave them the ability to understand that they are not alone and that others feel the same way they do.
This project was intended to last three days, but on Nov. 6, Smith announced that it would be a club to stay at Helix long past her graduation in June.
At the end of the event on Thursday, there was a potluck in which there was pizza, chips, cookies and drinks. Everyone had a good time dancing and eating the snacks.
“I enjoyed it,” said junior Tia Lawson, “it was very interesting but also kind of refreshing. It was nice, it was fun.”