EYE OF HORUS FOR CHRYSALIS GIRLS PROGRAM
The Chrysalis girls program is a prevention-based support program for young women ‘at risk’. Starting at one High School in 2008, the program is now running at five High Schools across the NSW Northern Rivers: Byron Bay High School, Mullumbimby High School, Kadina High School, Lismore High School and Richmond River High School.
Eye Of Horus Cosmetics wanted to support these young goddesses and donated 60 gift boxes to the girls. Each gift box included a Babylon Brown Mascara, Babylon Brown Liquid Liner, Bronze Amulet Goddess Pencil and Custom Cosmetic Sharpener.
On November 24th ’15 the Chrysalis program ran a seminar at the Byron Community Centre called “Healthy Selfie” to create awareness about some of the implications that can occur with uploading certain types of images online.
We attended this seminar to further support the Chrysalis Girls program and it was great to hear what the girls got out of it at the end.
Research shows that young people who have experienced trauma may resort to destructive or maladaptive behaviours as a way of responding to the stressors in their lives. Many of the girls in Chrysalis are disengaged from school, have difficulties with personal relationships, managing their anger, feel disconnected from their families and self, have low self-esteem and self-worth or are experiencing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
The overall vision of the program is to prevent cycles of violence, crime and abuse from occurring in future generations. The program seeks to achieve these objectives through providing weekly group educational and therapeutic counselling sessions, individual counselling, participation in community events and school conferences and ongoing connection through online interaction on Facebook.
The group facilitators integrate a range of contemporary counselling techniques into their weekly counselling sessions such as yoga, mindfulness and expressive therapies (art, expressive writing and symbolic strategies).
The program is a unique partnership between the Department of Education funding Amie Dreyer, an adolescent counsellor and NSW Health funding Jane McGowen, a sexual assault counsellor.
THE WONDERFUL RESULTS
The overwhelming positive feedback from everyone that has been part of the Chrysalis program, either as participant or stakeholder, indicates that Chrysalis is achieving incredible positive outcomes. The increase in demand for the program from other schools suggests that Chrysalis has built a reputation in the area and its positive outcomes are known and shared within the school community.
It has become evident that Chrysalis is important for young women ‘at risk’ for many different reasons. For some it has been a lifesaver, for others an opportunity to gain awareness, learn new skills and feel more confident about themselves and the future. The improved skills, awareness, beliefs, self-esteem and self-worth the girls take away from the program are invaluable, as well as the improved educational outcomes and relationships.
Besides the importance of Chrysalis for its participants, the flow on effects to the school, families and the wider community needs to be considered to fully appreciate the overall impact of the program.
You can find out more about this wonderful program here: Chrysalis Girls Program