It’s no surprise that kids growing up today are living in a very different world than 50, 25 or even 10 years ago. A new program, All About MEdia, has been designed to support girls and their families with the tools to be safe in today’s digital world. The Fred Harris Daniels Foundation has made this program possible thanks to their generous, three-year grant of $225,000. Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Worcester, and YWCA of Central Massachusetts have a proven history of success in providing quality, girl-only programing making them the perfect facilitators for the All About MEdia program. This collaboration allows girls from Worcester County to learn how to safely navigate the world of social media.

“The Board of the Daniels Foundation is very excited to provide funding for the All About MEdia project,” said Fred H. Daniels II, President of the Foundation. “Not only does this offer a strong collaborative opportunity for the three largest girl-serving agencies in Worcester, but it also works to address a significant ongoing challenge for girls age 10-14 – the use (and misuse) of social media and the role that parents can play in helping girls to navigate the smartphone landscape. The connections between social media use and depression, cyber-bullying and self harm are clear; our goal is to protect Worcester’s girls from these and other behaviors.”

All About MEdia is open to all girls in grades 5-8 in greater Worcester and is completely free of charge. For girls who don’t have a prior membership to one of the three organizations, membership will be covered by the grant. Girls will have the opportunity to attend the eight week All About MEdia series where they will explore online advertising, cyber-bullying, and creating healthy relationships.

Girl Scouts

When: Tuesdays starting January 21st from 6p-8p

Where: Girl Scout Leadership Center, 115 Century Dr, Worcester, MA 01606

YWCA

When: Thursdays starting the January 23 from 5:30p – 7:30p

Where:1 Salem St, Worcester, MA 01608

Girls, Inc

When: Monday’s as part of their after school program, from 2p-6p.

Where: 125 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604