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 jane.peterson@clcmn.edu.

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

Sign up is available at: https://www.clcraiderscamps.com/girls-empowerment-institute.cfm.