BIO stands for Beauty Inside and Out, and helping young girls see this in themselves is exactly the goal of an organization that is starting this year in Aberdeen.
ESL teacher Sheena Buckhouse is the director of South Dakota’s first BIO Girls, a nonprofit that already exists in about 30 locations throughout the Midwest. She says BIO Girls Aberdeen will meet every Tuesday evening for 12 weeks at O.M. Tiffany starting February 19. They have room for 35 participants, and any girl in 2nd-6th grade, no matter where she goes to school, is welcome to register via their website, www.biogirls.org. During their meetings, the girls will have small group mentorship and take part in a curriculum that aims to build life skills for adolescence and beyond. They’ll also work together to complete a physical activity, ultimately finishing the season by entering the Run From the Police 5K in May.
About 10 local women have volunteered to be mentors in the program. They’ll run with the girls as they prepare for the 5K in the spring and support them along the way. Sheena says, “We have just a great group of businesswomen, professionals, stay-at-home mothers, and teachers that are here to cheer the girls on.” She adds, “The environment set by BIO Girls is so inclusive and uplifting, and we can’t wait to bring this to our girls in Aberdeen.” // — Jenny Roth
Registration for Aberdeen’s BIO Girls opens January 2. To learn more, search Bio Girls Aberdeen on Facebook.