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Program helps teen girls stay motivated during pandemic

Posted at 12:45 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 14:04:40-04

TULSA, Okla. — Several cities in Oklahoma lifting stay at home orders as the state works to safely reopen.

However, schools will stay closed, forcing students to continue their distance learning until the end of the school year.

“We just want to give them a tool to find a little bit of structure when everything is a little bit unknown,” said Katie Hoffman.

Hoffman is a former high school teacher and life coach who founded Fairytale Reform.

It’s a program which offers workshops, mentoring and summer camps for girls 13 to 18 years old.

When covid-19 disrupted school for many teenage girls, she moved her curriculum online.

“We’re doing Instagram lives every single week, posting content and videos, to help girls stay connected to friends and other positive influences, and really inspirational content throughout this challenging time," said Hoffman.

She also created a free resource called the "Quarantine Routine," to help them stay on track.

“Which is designed to give teenage girls a little bit of flexible structure throughout the day so that they’re still taking a balanced approach to their school work, staying connected through friends, looking after their mental and physical health," said Hoffman.

Aubrey Adkisson attended the Fairytale Reform camp last year and is like other Oklahoma students forced to do distance learning until the end of the school year.

“It’s different," Adkisson said. "I never expected to be shut off from the world.”

She said it’s been difficult for her, but the "Quarantine Routine" helps her stay focused.

“I looked at and I was like, this is really cool because I’ve never seen anyone do something like this," Adkisson said. “It’s really cool to have something to be able to follow now to be able to have a routine that I didn’t really have before.”

Pascale Atallah, a mentor at the camp, lead a workshop on energy management.

“That was really about staying focused on the positive, being in control of your time instead of letting time control you," said Atallah.

She said the training is even more important during the Coronavirus pandemic.

"The overload of information that’s out there can trigger people in certain ways that are not positive and so staying intentional with your habits, with what you’re focusing on, what you’re doing, is so important," said Atallah.

"It will help me keep this kind of mindset that I’ve had in quarantine which I think will be really helpful for me just moving forward in high school and college to just keep myself motivated, and happy, strong and independent," Adkisson said.

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