STRONG GIRLS CAN
I AM ME AND I AM GOOD ENOUGH!
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Being a teenage girl in the world today is a challenge. Trying to fit the mould and conforming to the pressure of friends, media and celebrities makes it difficult to retain individuality and trust that just being you is good enough. Young girls are not sure when it is the right time to assert themselves, what is the ‘correct’ way to behave or look, how to say ‘no’ and be confident in their choices, when to speak out and how to allow their own personality to shine through.
We have a generation of teenage girls who lack pride and confidence in their own skin. Some females feel they are not able to speak out in front of others and who fear that by doing so they will be bullied or singled out. Young women are too afraid to be labelled as bossy or too confused to be themselves. Low levels of self-esteem, poor body image and confusion surround our younger female population.
Delivering these sessions to young girls is inspiring. Watching the realisation in the girls that they can be what they want to be in life and only they are in control of that gives a wonderful sense of achievement.Teresa Hames SGC
1. “One fifth of 14-year-old girls [actually 22%] in UK ‘self-harm'”, reported BBC News today on Wednesday August 29 2018.
2. Between 600,000 and 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are serious mental health problems. www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/e/eating-disorders
3. 89% of girls have dieted by age 17. www.thebodyimagecenter.com/education-awareness/eating-disorder-statistics
4. The suicide rate among women between the ages of 20 and 24 is at its highest point on record, with 118 women in this age group taking their own lives in 2016, compared with 67 in 2006 – a rise of 76 per cent. www.independent.co.uk
5. Rates of overdosing on painkillers or anti-depressants have increased in recent years, with greater increases in young women and girls compared with young men and boys. www.nhs.uk/news/mental-health/rates-deliberate-overdoses-rising-young-people
6. “One in four British girls hit by depression at 14 as experts blame increase in cyber bullying and academic pressure,” says the Sun after a large study found 24% of 14-year-old girls in the UK report symptoms of depression. www.nhs.uk/news/mental-health/many-teenagers-reporting-symptoms-depression/
As a result of the unprecedented pressure being placed upon teenage girls by society, CoachUnlimited has devised a programme called STRONG GIRLS CAN. It aims to empower and inspire teenage girls in the UK by providing strong female role models, from different walks of life, who will help to begin to look at who they are, why they should be proud and confident and how to allow their own personality – whoever that may be – to shine.
What we do
Our programme: The Girls Rules – 1 day programme
GIRLS RULES is a one-day programme, made up of a presentation & workshops towards a desirable set of goals:
- It is OK to be different, to be you. We are not all supposed to look and be the same.
- Your friends should make you feel better and happy about yourself ALL the time. There is no such thing as a bad friend.
- No one has the right to harm you physically, mentally or emotionally. You are amazing.
- It is OK to say NO to anything and anyone that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
- Social media is fun place but also has a dark side so tread carefully. As a general rule do not say or do anything online you would not be happy doing face to face.
- So long as you do your best, the world will respond and you will succeed.
- Never feel pressured into doing things you do not want to do before you feel ready and be informed about safety and consent.
- Be savvy about the media messages coming at you from every angle every day. Know that reality TV is fake and most of the images in magazines and online are airbrushed and with many celebs and models addicted to cosmetic surgery which is NOT necessary.
- Know your value as a person is not measured by how much you weigh or what you look like. You are already enough and it is important to be YOU.
- Always think big, reach for the stars and never let anyone disrespect you or belittle your dreams.
With videos and films followed by two members of the Strong Girls Can team facilitating 5 separate interactive workshops on:
- Better self-understanding….so the girls recognise their talents
- Exploring role models …to inspire goals and raise aspirations
- Exposing photoshopping in the media…to build body confidence
- Speaking confidently…to increase confidence for speaking in class & publicly
- Positive thinking …to build self-esteem.
The day-long programme includes sharing ideas, activities, video clips and discussion. Every girl has her own workbook to use in the session, and to keep as reference. The sessions are lively and interactive, and everything discussed is in confidence. We use case studies and ‘What if?’ scenarios to encourage the girls to feel safe discussing these issues and pull no punches on impressing upon them the need for vigilance and self-respect with regards to their safety and happiness.
The workshop caters for up to 30 girls in the same year and is suitable for girls in Year 8, 9 and 10.
The Girls Rules Day is hosted on school premises and works best with a maximum of 30 participants, all the same age, in the same year group. The cost for the one day programme (approx. 9-3pm) is £600+vat for the day.
For more information about hosting a day in your school email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will call you for a chat as soon as we can.
Measuring effectiveness of workshops
Every girl completes a feedback form at the end of the workshop, and we summarise this feedback into a report, so you can understand what the students got out of the session.