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Girls On Fire

Storytelling Conference

Fanning the Flames of Young Writers

"Girls on Fire" is a writing and storytelling conference produced by the LGM staff. The annual event is available to middle and high school students. A keynote presentation is followed by hands on writing workshops and an opportunity for students to share their work. The LGM staff has hosted the conference in Iowa and Tennessee.

The Riches of Girl Power

The power of a girl must only rise. We are the wisdom seekers, the commotion stirrers, the society evolvers, and the holders of divine mystery of what will be uttered next from the fruit of our lips. We must plant the seeds and spread as much light as the sound of our voices produce. Girl power is not only a movement of unity, it is a way of life that embraces every girl from every culture, spreading infinite love like confetti. Because girl power originates from love— a love that sparks the passion to be great.

By Jasmine McCaskill
High school senior
DeSoto County, Mississippi.

Research proves girls are more likely than boys to suffer from low self-esteem.
Although boys and girls report similar levels of low self-esteem during childhood,
a gender gap emerges by adolescence. (Robin et al., 2002) McLeod, S.A.
(2012) Low self-esteem -
The Girls on Fire conference provides and environment where girls can support each other and make friends.

I see a girl that smiles
I see a girl that feels
But she's just swallowing the bile
That comes with mental meals.

I see a family crumbling
Sometimes it looks like mine
But who could
possibly remember

After so much 'healing' time.

I see a house of love
I see a house of glory
But push does come to shove
As you climb the different stories.

I smell the scent of memories
I taste the flavor of remorse
But you can see the glories
Of the privilege called divorce.

The girl I see is happy
And most of the time, she is
But what she shows is sappy
And that's just how it is.

I wish the mirror could lie…

By Rosy VanHyfte
John Deere Middle School
Moline, IL