Girls in grades 5th to 7th grade are invited to join us for this one day exclusive event.


Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM PDT
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Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club

4120 86th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island, WA 98040 

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Sheri Gazitt
Teen Wise

Attention Parents of Middle School Girls:

Set Your Daughter Up for Success!

Middle school is an important milestone. There is great anticipation, but great anxiety too. How will my daughter handle the new academic expectations? Will the pressure to fit in get the best of her? Will she get caught up in all the girl drama?

We’ve designed this special one-day program exclusively for middle school girls.

Help your daughter walk the halls of middle school with confidence! Our panel of experts will share the secrets to:

  • Organize for school success

  • Create positive, meaningful friendships

  • Lean on parents for support while becoming independent

  • Stay true to herself

Parents: Be your daughter’s best supporter.

You play a critical role in your daughter’s emerging independence. To learn strong parenting tactics and help your daughter thrive during this time of transition, attend the special wrap-up session just for you.



What does it cost?

$249 for general

VIP ugrade available (includes an additional giftbag with a sterling silver bracelet and journal)

Microsoft famiies can use EAP benefits to attend.  Mor e info on the registration page.

Who’s invited?

Girls from 5th-7th grade, from any school district (10:00 - 3:00)

Parents are invited for a special wrap up session (2:00 - 3:00)

 What’s included?

A day of learning and laughter

Fun, interactive presentations by experts in their field

  • Organizing for School Success (Lynette Apley, Simply Placed) 

  • Fantastic Friendships: The New Social Landscape (Sheri Gazitt, Teen Wise)

  • Becoming Independent but Staying Close (Erin Aitken, Mother-Daughter-ology)

  • Self-Defense and Confidence (taught by a Z-Ultimate black belt instructor)

Lunch, snacks, and drinks

A special wrap-up session exclusively for parents

Discovering Friendship, a book by Sheri Gazitt

How will my daughter benefit?

She will learn:

  • The best organizational practices to help her thrive academically

  • How to navigate the changing social landscape so she can foster healthy and meaningful friendships

  • The power of making pro-active choices so she can avoid living passively

  • The strength of staying connected to her family so she can strive for independence without completely pushing parents away

  • Basic self-defense moves

  • The value of being confident

She will also:

  • Understand that she is not alone and that she has places to turn for support

  • Be prepared to make decisions that are healthy for her despite the media and peer pressure

  • Explore what she can expect in the next few years


Who are the presenters?

Sheri Gazitt, Founder of Teen Wise 

Sheri is a community leader when it comes to giving advice to young girls and their parents. She helps parents understand their daughter’s perspective which allows a closer and healthier relationship to emerge. Sheri is committed to keeping up to date on the relevant issues through continued education. Most recently she trained directly with Rachel Simmons author of Odd Girl Out and attended the only Teen Girl Life Coach training in the US. She credits her three daughters for making her such an extraordinary teen and parent educator. They keep a close eye on her content!


 Lynette ApleyProfessional Organizer and Productivity Consultant with Simply Placed

Lynette has a knack for helping others get and stay organized. Lynette’s passion for organizing and project management is evident in all facets of her life; from organizing at home and office, to coordinating projects for schools and local charities. Her over ten years of professional organizing experience have included numerous successes with clients – including offices, garages, kitchens, playrooms, and closets, as well as moving and packing services. 


Erin Aitken, Founder of Mother-Daughter-ology

Erin is a mother of three daughters and a certified elementary school teacher. Erin has always had a heart for relationship building and lifelong learning. Her workshops are developed from this love of both. She brings years of experience from a classroom setting and life at home into every element of every workshop with a hearty dose of learning, laughter, and love. 


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