Girls going into grades 3-8 are invited to attend the first ever Girls Empowerment Institute at Central Lakes College.

The event runs from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Parents and guardians are invited to attend a closing ceremony at 2:15 p.m.

This institute will empower, excite and provide permission for girls to be their best and lead, both off and on the court/field/pool/mat. Girls will have the opportunity to work on skills, as well as participate in hands-on sessions designed to cast away self-doubt and negative messages about what defines being a girl and what it means to be a queen.

Programs for the day include:

• Create your own story-Kimberly Pilgrim and Adrienne Benjamin.

• Don't give up on Me-Jean Martin.

• You can-Jane Peterson.

• Get to know you-Shelly Boyum-Breen.

Participants should come in clothes to play in. Each girl will receive a Shelly Bean the Sports Queen book to share, a certificate of attendance and their own crown.

Because of a grant from the Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund, the cost to participants is $30. Registration is limited to 75 girls. The deadline to register is Monday, July 29. Email Jane Peterson for more information at

The event is sponsored by CLC Athletics and children's book author Shelly Boyum-Breen.

Sign up is available at: