The problem of low self-esteem is pervasive among pre-adolescent and adolescent girls in the United States. Research conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute and other organizations demonstrates that risky behavior such as smoking, drinking, unsafe sexual behavior, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, and self-mutilative behavior are often associated with low self-esteem.
G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Program
G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Program is an 8-month prevention program designed to build character, self-esteem and leadership skills in girls ages 5 – 18. The program includes interactive life-skills workshops, experiential learning activities, group mentoring, and community service. G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Program aims to work with girls at an early age to prevent teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, gang involvement, and other high risk behaviors.
The program meets bi-weekly September – April and covers topics such as:
- Self esteem and self-acceptance
- Purpose and purity
- Making Choices
- Body Image
- Health & wellness
- Healthy relationships & emotions
- Establishing boundaries
- Gaining Respect
- Setting Goals
- Caring and sharing
G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Program helps girls develop a healthy self-image and feel better about themselves by providing support in a nurturing learning environment which enables them to develop essential skills necessary to face life\’s challenges.