i-tri girls, a non-profit that brings empowerment through fitness to middle-school girls, is getting ready to launch its 2021 program.

Building upon the success of the 2020 program, which pivoted to virtual programming from in-person programming last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s program will again be virtual. Unlike years past, however, this year’s program will be available not only to the 13 school districts across Eastern Long Island that the nonprofit has worked with in the past, but to any girl, anywhere. And this year, like last year, the culmination of the program will be an Olympic challenge, which the girls will complete alongside Olympic and professional athletes.

Meeting twice weekly for empowerment, fitness and Olympic challenge training, the program begins on Monday, February 1, and runs through the Olympic Challenge on May 22. During the empowerment sessions, the girls will learn the skills that will enable them to see past the hurdles in their lives.

“Our sessions on visualization, affirmation and meditation are especially crucial right now for our girls. Studies are showing that middle-schoolers may be the ones suffering most during this pandemic. Our program supports them emotionally and physically, and gives them the tools they need to cope,” said Alyssa Channin, i-tri’s program director.

i-tri will be hosting parent/guardian meetings for those who would like to get their daughters involved in the program. For information about the program and to RSVP for the parent meeting, visit itrigirls.org

Originally appeared on https://www.27east.com/southampton-press/school-news-for-january-21-2021-1751022/?highlight=i-tri