It started as a fictional holiday as part of a Parks and Recreationtelevision comedy episode, but now Galentine’s Day is an honest-to-goodness real holiday, celebrated by 40 KidWorks girls and young women enrolled in our sixth through 12th grade programs as part of our Saturday celebration.
“KidWorks encourages showing love for everyone, and Galentine’s Day is a way to express those sentiments in addition to what people do on Valentine’s Day,” says Maria Ruvalcaba, our Youth & Community Engagement Coordinator/Active Transportation. Maria coordinated our 2019 event.
Galentine’s Day at KidWorks was a mix of pampering, including a spa treatment (masks, nails, make-up and massage), games, indulgent snacks and crafts.
The evening’s events also had a serious side, meant to remind all of the women that they are made in God’s image. There were activities to increase self-esteem, self-confidence and self-love.
“Our goal was to encourage each participant to believe in themselves and see themselves in a better light,” Maria said. “It is crucial for young ladies to hear that they are valued and appreciated. This will help the girls to uplift themselves and each other.”
We wish to thank our Galentine’s Day guest speaker, Guadalupe Ramirez, from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Santa Ana.
Our attendees were thrilled by their Galentine’s evening experience. Denisse said, “Every day should be Galentine’s day! I had so much fun hanging out with the girls at KidWorks and am lucky to have so many friends.”
We invite churches, organizations and companies to partner with us on other youth nights. To find out more about these empowering opportunities:
Galentine’s Day is one of many ways that KidWorks helps grow character and spirituality within all of our students, in addition to our academic programs. And a little spa pampering is nice to add to the mix every so often, too!