Guest Post by Celeste Clancy, OYA Board Chair
I am on the board of the non-profit Own Your Awesomeness which empowers high school girls in Philadelphia through week long summer camps. I joined the board because I have two daughters; one in her late twenties and one in high school. I saw firsthand how programs like OYA that provide an environment for girls to find their own network amongst girls their age and led by strong female role models can really inspire and change a girl.
At one OYA board meeting, we were talking about some marketing material and our Executive Director, Kate Zipin, suggested we use the word, “badass”. I advised that I thought that might turn people off; particularly parents. Full disclosure:I am in my late 50’s, so am a bit old-fashioned. However, last year, I worked a week at one of the summer camp and, in fact, “badass” is what the OYA summer camp is all about!
I thought the word “badass” had a negative connotation, but now I realize that it embodies all that OYA is about: owning your own power, owning your own awesomeness! Stand up for what you believe in! Take charge of your own power! You can do whatever it is you set out to do! You can be vulnerable! You are worthwhile! We at OYA accept and encourage you! You are badass!!
I now embrace the word badass and have learned a very important lesson at my stage of life. I don’t know it all. I can learn from those that are younger than me and be inspired by them as much as I can inspire.
Jamie Walsh is a junior at Temple University and a lover of toaster strudel, beluga whales, and all things Joe Biden. She has a passion to write and explore the all possibilities Philadelphia has to offer as a student, a woman, and a dreamer.