Rosa Parks Museum to launch character development program for local girls

Posted: Friday, 30 September 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will launch a new character development program in October that aims to teach young girls important values such as honesty and respect.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" project will be open to girls ages 8-12 living in residences of the Montgomery Housing Authority and Summit Housing Partners LLC. The program will work to help girls develop positive character attributes and teach conflict resolution using a curriculum based on the book "Fia and the Butterfly: Seven Stories for Character Education."

The girls will meet in twice-weekly sessions starting Oct. 11 through May 2012. The program will be offered in the Cleveland Court, Patterson Court, Southlawn/Sherwood and Narrowlane housing communities.

The book "Fia and the Butterfly" uses the principles of Kwanzaa to teach important values to children. Each month's lesson will focus on a different positive attribute, including courage, loyalty, justice, respect, hope, honesty and love, and will use art (visual and performance) and writing to reinforce each lesson. The "I Believe I Can Fly" program will help girls apply these values in their lives and community, said Rosa Parks Museum curator Viola Moten.

"The goal of this program is to develop confidence, dignity, respect and honesty within the girls," Moten said. "By allowing them to find their own voices and by helping them develop a greater sense of self, these young women will inherit values needed to be a person of good character."

This project is funded by The Junior League of Montgomery, Inc. Each participating site will have a leader from the museum to direct the program with support from volunteers from the Junior League.

For more information about the program, contact Moten at 334-241-8701 or at vmoten@try.edu.