WATERVILLE — Hardy Girls Healthy Women invites teachers, social workers, counselors, health educators, coaches, parents and anyone who works with girls to attend its third annual Summer Institute, “Navigating Girl World: Connecting the Dots … Changing the Culture” June 26-28 in Freeport.

Led by Hardy Girls’ co-founder and girls’ development expert Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD, and other experts from Hardy Girls, the institute will give professionals in-depth training on the latest theories about girls’ health and development, according to a news release. Participants can learn proven methods for supporting girls’ voices and empowering girls’ activism, including how to teach media literacy and how to engage girls in their schools and communities.

Brown is a Colby College professor, and author of a number of leading books on girls’ development, including “Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development,” co-authored with Carol Gilligan, and also the 1992 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and most recently “Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons From Superheroes Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes,” co-authored with Sharon Lamb and Mark Tappan. Her curricular materials proactively address concerns about girlfighting in schools across the nation, according to the release.

Up to 16 hours of continuing education credits will be available for social workers, educators and health-care professionals for attending the three-day training. Participants can garner their choice of Hardy Girls curriculums that will transform the way they work with girls on a day-to-day basis, said Dana Hernandez, Training Institute Manager for Hardy Girls.

For more information, or to register, visit www.hghw.org or call 861-8131.

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