On the left that’s me at about 12 years old, on the right that’s me 2017.
Growing up I was always told I was too short, too skinny, my teeth were crooked… or the best one “where’s your pretty sister”. I questioned my outer beauty throughout my teenage years, which really didn’t do much for my self-esteem or my inner beauty.
My low self-esteem led me to dangerous situations and poor choices that changed my path in many ways.
It took me many years to accept my inner beauty and find ways shine, even through the cloudy days.
Between the ages 12 to 19 years old, teenagers go through a stage in their lives where they question who they are and who they want to be. Peers, role models, and social situation play an important part in this stage, which could be either a good or bad thing.
Because teens are struggling with who they are, adding low self-esteem can affect the choices that are made.
When this is explained to parents the response I get is “my child has the best self-esteem, they play sports, they do well in school, I know they are good”.
Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as parents we can do and say all the right things, but it is up to our children to believe it. My parents told me all the time how beautiful I was, how great I was, and that I can do anything I want! But what was missing is showing me how to believe it and for me to follow through on that!
What also adds to this stage is the world of social media and internet. Which has changed since I was a teen. They are seeing and hearing things that have them question if they are good enough on a daily basis.
The Beauty Is Her Name event was created for young girls like me. Although I always had a smile on my face, it was difficult for the ones around me to see what I was struggling with.
So don’t be fooled by the smiles that are on your daughters, nieces, god-daughter, friends, cousins, or whoever’s face. Women in general are raised to hide their emotional feelings to make others feel good.
Beauty is her Name will guide young women on the subjects that they are facing on a daily basis. Self-esteem, cyber bullying, internet safety, healthy relationships, self-awareness and much more.
Sign up for this amazing event that will bring that inner beauty out and have it shine always!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
August 15-17, 2017
Teens will also receive 10 hours community services hours towards their high school diploma, all for $80/youth.