UW-Extension educators win Diversity Award

UW-Extension Health and Well-Being Educator, Katie Gellings, and Family Living Educator, Mary Ann Schilling, were recently awarded the Wisconsin Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (WEAFCS) Diversity Award for their work with Hispanic/Latino Girls through Girl Power. This is a prevention-based curriculum that promotes self-esteem, motivation, and positive decision-making to reduce risk of gang influence, substance abuse, and human trafficking. Gellings and Schilling taught the Girl Power program to multicultural audiences in partnership with the UMOS Wisconsin Migrant Child Care Centers, the Boys and Girls Club in Berlin, and the A+ After School Program Wautoma School District. They also developed family newsletters to inform and educate parents about topics and activities that were covered in each lesson of the multi-session series. All newsletters have been translated into Spanish to provide equal opportunities for all participants. Initial evaluation results have been promising. WEAFCS presented the award at the 2018 Wisconsin Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences banquet in Wisconsin Dells in May.