At the invitation of council member Russell Gilbert, Girls Inc. elementary students will present to City Council at 6 p.m. today. The invitation was the result of Councilman Gilbert's visit to the girls' end of semester presentation at the Brainerd United Methodist Church this past December. At that presentation, the nine- to 11-year-old girls who had participated in the Girls Inc. Discovery Leadership program presented the results of their study of the needs of the BUMC neighborhood, where they attend programming after school.
Mr. Gilbert, who represents District 5 where BUMC is located, said he was impressed with the girls' work and suggested that they make their presentation to the entire council.
Discovery Leadership is a Girls Inc. leadership education program for girls, ages nine to 11 that also involves women from their community. Brooke Satterfield from Mayor Berke's office participated with the girls during Discovery, helping them throughout the class, developing their leadership and advocacy skills.