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Local teens' Girl Empowerment Camp aims to put an end to bullying

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) - Girl drama: It happens more than many people think, and two local teenagers are working on a way to help girls stop the cycle.

 

“Especially being a pre-teen, I had a lot of problems with girl drama,” said Edee Malley, 16.

 

Edee and 14-year-old Marisa Tayal are best friends, but it wasn't always that way. 

 

 “I don't remember a time where we didn't know each other. We use to not like each other, which is funny,” said Marisa.

 

Now, it’s hard to believe the two girls weren’t friends at one point. The two do pretty much everything together. They are homeschooled together, they run track at Whetstone High School together, and they've even had their fair amount of "girl drama" together. 

 

“I don't have to worry about that as much, but I do still see it happening with a lot of girls who are just a little bit younger than me,” said Edee.

 

This is why the two want to help girls navigate through those tough times by inviting them to a camp they call Girl Empowerment Camp. What exactly does the camp help girls do?

 

“Making new friends, gaining confidence and helping them learn to work together,” said Marisa.  

 

The five day camp, June 11 through June 15 will be held in Edee's backyard and it’s open to girls ages 9 through 11. 

 

“If you have a problem with another girl, the best thing to do is to talk to them face-to-face,” said Edee.

 

According to www.StopBullying.gov,  28% of students in grades 6 through 12 say they have experienced bulling.  Additionally, 44% of middle-schoolers say they have been teased and 36% say they have had a rumor spread about them. 

 

Edee and Marisa’s mothers say they hope their daughters’ stories can set an example for the young girls attending the camp.

 

I really like the fact that the girls are able to be in that age where they are a little bit older. Sometimes pre-teens are going to look up to teens better as a model,” said Marisa’s mother, Suzanne Tayal.

 

For more information on how you can get your child involved in the Girl Empowerment Camp, visit https://www.facebook.com/EMACamps or send an email to www.columbusteensitters@gmail.com.


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