Girls empowerment camp planned

A Grand Junction tutoring and academic coaching service has scheduled a camp to help middle school girls handle peer pressure, develop a positive self-image and create a personal vision board.

Essentials in Learning has scheduled the girls empowerment camp for Aug. 1 to 3. Admission is $229. For more information, call 210-9271 or visit

Anna Goetz, co-owner of EIL, and Patty Shephard, a Mesa County School District 51 counselor, will lead the camp. They will help young girls develop a strong and positive identity to help them counteract many of the social and emotional pressures they’ll likely experience as they enter adolescence.

Operating out of the Business Incubator Center, Essentials in Learning helps students in first grade through college who’re struggling in school or want to strengthen their academic skills. The business offers assistance with not only the core areas of math, reading and writing, but also goal setting, organization and time management.

EIL staff holds certifications in elementary education, middle and high school education, Colorado Writing Project, administration, reading recovery and executive skills training. Staff members have participated in multiple national workshops, including the learning differences conference at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.