Movie night for Teens: Oct 17th!

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We are planning a movie night on October 17th, beginning at 6:30 at the Child Study Center.  The movie for the evening is called "Girl Rising" and it is the story of nine girls who confront incredible challenges in their lives, and triumph. It's an inspiring story that reminds us how powerful and amazing girls and young women can be when they gather their resources and their courage to deal with issues in their lives.  After the movie we'll have snacks and have a chance to share what we thought and felt as we watched this amazing story.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Naugatuck went really well! We loved the horses and the chance to learn about them and ride! A few young women may have found a new passion! 

First Meeting for Teens

The first meeting for teens was held on April 5th at the Child Study Center. Following introductions we talked as a group about the purpose of the Initiative, and what kinds of activities we’d like to do together. Some things mentioned were science activities, learning computer coding, Geo-caching/Letterboxing, art classes, movie nights, baking and shopping for books and clothes. Everyone agreed dining out would be a great option anytime!


We discussed whether a new name for our Initiative would make sense, rather than Initiative for Girls and Women with autism spectrum disorders. Some of the ideas were:

  • Femina
  • Fillia
  • Connections
  • Puzzle Pieces
  • Rainbow animals
  • Stella Bellas
  • La Belle E’toile
  • Hoshi NoOnnanoko
  • Project Grow

We will keep brainstorming and get input from the Leadership Working Group and the Advisory Board for the Initiative.