ESSENCE: The intrinsic nature or indispensable quality
of something, which determines its character.
In other words, essence is your ability to BE you!
The ESSENCE young women's
groups within Northwest Suburban’s eight member districts have been learning
about character development. As a part of character development, group leaders discuss
the importance of caring and showing compassion towards others, learning what
gratitude is and giving back. The Essence group members decided to make fleece
blankets and put together personal hygiene packets for homeless youth and
families. The participating schools are Buffalo Community Middle School and
Buffalo High School, Rockford Middle School, Maple Grove Jr. High, Edgewood
Middle School, Elk-River High School, Rogers High School, and Zimmerman High
ESSENSE implements four key
educational concepts that help girls think about their current life situations
and future goals in a constructive way:
Achievement, Opportunity, Aspirations, and Expectations. The goal of ESSENCE is to help middle and
high school girls that may be struggling with academics, decision making, self
esteem, social skills, cultural and ethnic identity, bullying, and conflict
resolution, to learn to cope with life issues through positive and productive
discussions and activities.