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September 28, 2016 2:27 P.M.

Barbie will make an appearance — presumably not as the guest of honour — in a “media busting” workshop at the 11th annual Power of Being a Girl Conference.

The workshop is but one of a host of activities planned for the Oct. 19 Kamloops Y event at the Tournament Capital Centre, says co-ordinator Hope Mikal.

Offered by the Y’s Violence Against Women and support services programs, the full-day conference is offered free to girls aged 12-14. Its purpose is to explore, in a fun and empowering way, the challenges of growing up. The day includes lunch, prizes and two workshops from a choice of five. Other workshops include Hats of Individuality, Theatre Games and Decision Making, Movement and a dream and fabric art session.

“In past years, it’s been sold out and every spot is filled,” Mikal said. “It gives them the tools to do critical thinking and understand what’s going on around them.”

Barbie’s appearance is designed to make a point about positive body image, she added.

Participants are encouraged to register early to ensure a space. All interested participants can register through the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA at (250)-372-7725 or at (250)-554-9622.

The conference takes place during the YMCA Canada’s Week Without Violence, Oct. 17-23.

For more information, see the Kamloops Y web page.

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