WATERVILLE — The Mid-Maine Community Forum will host its spring forum, featuring “Repairing a Misguided Culture with Girl Power” by Dana Bushee Hernandez of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, corner Easy and Main streets.

Many programs for girls tend to focus on depression, low self-esteem and other psychological problems that need extra care. Hardy Girls Healthy Women believes it is not the girls, but rather the culture in which they live that is in need of repair, according to a news release. So, what happens when you give girls the tools to talk back to the media and shift the attention from the individual to their environment — families, schools and community organizations — as the key agents of change in girls’ lives? Hernandez will discuss these “hardiness” zones and how we all can benefit from becoming media literate and how to best work with girls and empower them to be the drivers of social change.

The forum is free and open to all. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 487-2706.

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