Guardian Gals hosting summer program

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Guardian Gals hosting summer program

  • Judy Wagley Special to the Gaylord Herald Times

GAYLORD —The Guardian Gals are on a mission: They strive to “mutually empower and inspire one another to initiate personal, philanthropic civic action for the common good.”

“By exposing Guardian Gals and Guardian Gal Elders to the art of philanthropy, we encourage each member to become involved, motivated and active citizens in community projects and activities,” said Abby Hamilton, founder and executive director of Guardian Gals, a nonprofit organization created in 2002 to help girls in fourth-12th grades make their world a better place through their volunteer and philanthropic deeds in the community.

“Now we are focused on recruiting new members through our summer program,” she said.

Through Aug. 24, girls who will enter grades 5 through 12 will gather from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays with Mackenzie Morison, program director and former Guardian Gal.

The cost for the Guardian Gals summer program is $100; scholarships are available. The fee is waived for girls in grades 9-12 who are high school “elders” who have previously participated in the Guardian Gals program.

Through Aug. 23, girls entering fourth grade will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays with program director Amy Mertz. Each session will begin with a picnic lunch on the county building lawn. The cost is $25 for the summer; scholarships are available.

Mertz said that this is her third summer leading the fourth-grade girls.

“I was involved initially in the organization as a board member and realized what I really wanted to do was have an impact in mentoring these amazing girls,” she said.

Mertz explained that each week, the nine-week program will demonstrate “a day in the life of a Guardian Gal,” highlighting philanthropy, wellness, environmental efforts, local commerce and civic action, empowering girls to make a difference in their community. Activities may include swimming, paddle boarding, gardening, cooking, journaling, recycling and learning practical life skills from local business leaders.

“Come join us!” she said.

For more information about Guardian Gals, Inc. and to register for the summer program, call (989) 390-5749 or visit