By JIM MAURER

STAFF WRITER

CAREY — Amber Barchus and Hope Kromer, members of the Teen Leadership Corps at Carey High School, and Shannon Darby, guidance counselor, gave a presentation on the “Ruling Our Experiences,” or ROX, program during Carey school board’s regular meeting Monday.

The program will be available to 10 sixth-grade girls for 10 weeks during the second semester.

The program began as a research study in 2006 at Ohio State University, according to the organization’s website, rulingourexperiences.com.

Lisa Hinkelman was a full-time faculty member in counselor education who “wanted to create a program that helped girls successfully navigate the challenges that they face during their adolescent years.”

“These challenges — such as drops in self-esteem, dealing with girl bullying, unhealthy dating relationships and sexual violence, lack of strong friendships and support systems, and limited academic and career expectations, left girls at a disadvantage,” Hinkelman said.

In 2011, the organization became a nonprofit organization.

Upper Sandusky schools and Apollo Career Center, Lima, offer the Columbus-based program in northwestern Ohio.

Darby heard about the program from a North Central Ohio Educational Service Center presentation and brought it back to Carey, where the high school leadership group agreed it was a good program for the district.

Darby will attend a three-day facilitator training program at the end of January.

The program is expected to begin by mid-February and will be a presented twice weekly for 10 weeks. Grant money will cover the $75-per-participant cost.

The sixth-graders who participate will then be able to teach their classmates, and the program may be expanded in the future.

As part of the program, there are parental workshops, such as a mother and daughter self-defense class.

The board and administration praised the idea and the leadership group for taking a role in the effort.

Separately, the board approved the retirement of Barbara Sammet, who worked 32 years in the high school library, effective May 24, the end of the school year.

An overnight trip for Carey Future Farmers of America members Jan. 21 in Columbus, to attend the state leadership conference, was approved by the board.

Greg McCartney, school board president, was selected president pro-tempore to oversee the January organizational meeting. That meeting begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and precedes the board’s regular meeting.

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