Who We Are
The Mission of Wellfit Girls
Is to inspire, challenge and empower teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs.
Wellfit Girls was founded by Jill Wheeler to inspire teen girls to climb high in all areas of life. Wellfit Girls provides a unique and meaningful five-month leadership, fitness and empowerment program specifically designed to empower teen girls to believe they can do anything and to believe in themselves. The program concludes with a life-changing trip to Peru and trek to Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Modern Wonders of the World. We follow a curriculum that guides teens through a combination of physical, mental and interpersonal challenges designed to prepare them for the final trip to Peru and the rest of their life. The struggles they will experience on the mountain will correlate to life struggles they may currently have or may have in future years. They will learn they can accomplish anything they put their mind to. The goal is to inspire and empower each girl while nurturing and developing each girl’s individual leadership style. We are building strong women to be our future leaders. We believe you cannot have transformation without tension.
The struggles they will experience on the mountain will correlate to life struggles they may currently have or may have in future years.
The girls workout with a personal trainer, learn yoga and have weekly leadership sessions. The girls are asked to dig deep in terms of who they are now and the person they want to become. The idea is that you are not BORN a warrior, but you GROW into one! UP to 15 teen girls, grades 9-12 grade, will be selected to participate in the five-month program, led by Colby Hazewinkel, Amy Voelkl and Andrew Miranti.
The Need for Empowerment
Even as women have made enormous strides in education, politics and the workplace, girls report struggling with body image and self-esteem at younger ages and stories abound about bullying around appearance and sexual behavior. Teenage girls are faced with social pressures of body image, peer pressure, competition, education success, bullying, substance abuse, stress, anxiety, and depression. These girls need boundaries and support as they navigate through these high school years and life events. We live in a time where teen girls have the greatest opportunity to be leaders in our community. They have the skills and education, yet there’s a gap. This gap exists not because of a lack of opportunity, but because they hold themselves back. Many of the girls come to us with one or more of the following barriers: poor fitness habits and lack of nutrition/over-processed foods, poor speaking skills, isolation and depression, a sense of self-doubt, anxiety, body image issues and a belief that they are not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough or pretty enough to be successful.
Our leadership and empowerment program takes fearful, timid, self-doubting, self-conscious teen girls and empowers them to be women of purpose with self-confidence.
Teens have replaced real-time relationships with over-edited cyber connections that are causing less intimacy and more isolation and loneliness. They feel they don’t match up to the carefully crafted lives they create on social media. They feel vulnerable and alone and often wonder, would people like me if they knew the real me? Our leadership and empowerment program takes fearful, timid, self-doubting, self-conscious teen girls and empowers them to be women of purpose with self-confidence.
What We Do
We believe a combination of holistic wellness, fitness, outdoor adventure, public speaking opportunities, small group sharing and interpersonal connection, immersion experiences incorporating travel, groups and nature, social entrepreneurship and collaboration all contribute to our programs success. The program offers a small group setting with a dedicated leadership team who is available 24/7. The program, which begins in January, follows a 20-week curriculum, which includes topics such as identity, boundaries, body image, bold leadership, vision and goals, fitness, yoga, guest speakers and more. The program culminates with a ten-day expedition to Peru where the girls visit a local community house, do community service and learn, first-hand, about the condition in which the Peruvian children and their families live. The girls embark on a three-day trek (Altitude: 15,000 feet) before visiting Machu Picchu.
“Studies show facilitating experiences and adventures in nature helps teenagers achieve positive change improving both self-esteem and self-control.”
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