Founder of GirlPower Recognized as 2011 Top Part-Time Entrepreneur

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The International Alliance of Motivated Part-Time Entrepreneurs announced the winner of a worldwide search to honor and celebrate business owners making a difference. Dana Kerford, Teacher and Friendship Expert, was among the many inspiring nominees for the creation of GirlPower Inc., a friendship program for pre-teen girls. Today, Dana Kerford, was recognized as the Top Part-Time Entrepreneur of 2011.

Just two days after Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying campaign across Canada, the IAMPTE (International Alliance of Motivated Part-Time Entrepreneurs - http://www.iampte.com) recognized a fun anti-bullying/pro-friendship program for girls, GirlPower, as the winner of a worldwide search to honor and celebrate part-time entrepreneurs making a difference. Dana Kerford, Teacher and Friendship Expert, is the Founder of GirlPower Inc. and was recognized today as the Top Part-Time Entrepreneur of 2011. GirlPower (http://www.urstrong.com) is a friendship program for "Tween" girls that empowers girls with the skills, language, and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier friendships.

According to Kim Gluckie, Founder of IAMPTE, "Dana Kerford epitomizes the ideals of our organization – motivated, inspired and inspiring, on a mission to make change, normal in nature yet deeply unique in pursuit of a passion. She is also positive. Incredibly, unbelievably positive. Dana is the top of our top part-time entrepreneurs for her work in founding and growing her organization dedicated to teaching about girl friendships, GirlPower."

GirlPower started as an after school program in 2009 when Dana Kerford was an Elementary School Teacher. With 53 girls in the very first session, Kerford knew how desperate parents were to find a program that teaches girls how to stand up for themselves. The response from the first six-week program was so positive that Kerford continued to improve and refine the program, offering workshops for both girls and parents around the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Kerford also developed the curriculum so that other schools could start teaching girls these skills and now has 22 schools across North America and Australia who have adopted the GirlPower lessons. GirlPower has launched a number of initiatives for 2012 that will extend the reach even further, including worldwide webinars, the release of a Parent-Daughter Workbook, and the pilot project for Licensed GirlPower Facilitators.

GirlPower teaches girls the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, emphasizing the importance of surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good and treat you with respect. Kerford says, "Girls need to learn how to combat their fear of confrontation and deal with emotional situations in a healthy manner that is true to who they are. I am on a mission to change the stereotype that girls are mean to each other. It's time to make a change and start teaching our young girls that they have a voice, a voice that matters!"

To learn more about GirlPower and the programs available for girls, parents, and teachers visit: http://www.urstrong.com.

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