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Clubs: S.I.S.T.E.R.S.

Time: Tuesdays from 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Place: Career Center
Sponsor: Georgette Small
President: None
While women in the United States legally have the same rights as men, some women belong to an oppressive cultural or family background. S.I.S.T.E.R.S., which stands for Self Image Strength Tenacity Empathy Responsibility Success, is a group of girls who meet to build strong friendships and to become successful women, according to the program's flyer.

As a collaboration between Blair's counseling department and the Family Support Center, Inc., S.I.S.T.E.R.S. provides a safe outlet for girls to discuss different issues they face, according to sponsor and Blair counselor Georgette Small.

Small is dedicated to the group because she believes in the potential of women. "Being a woman is an amazing and dynamic thing," says Small. S.I.S.T.E.R.S. consists of a group of around 20 girls, from different ethnic groups and academic backgrounds. Students are invited to the program by their counselors, but any girl can join. Small emphasized that S.I.S.T.E.R.S. is not a clique. "Maybe a girl from the CAP program can learn something from a girl in the Science, Math and Technology," she says.

The girls in S.I.S.T.E.R.S. spend about an equal amount of time in school and outside of school, Small says. The organization sponsors monthly Power Lunches, where girls meet with career professionals. Girls in S.I.S.T.E.R.S. also participate in various community events outside of school. According to Small, the girls will visit the homes of battered women and abused children.

S.I.S.T.E.R.S. is a regional organization the Family Support Center, Inc. appoints a mental health professional counselor to facilitate the meetings, where they work together with the school-appointed liaison.

During in-school meetings, the girls discuss a variety of problems they encounter, such as high parent expectations, arranged marriages and trouble finding career paths. It helps "cave out a little space so [girls] can rediscover themselves," Small says.

If interested in joining S.I.S.T.E.R.S., please contact counselor Georgette Small.

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