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Beautiful Me

Beautiful Me is dedicated to promoting resilience and self-awareness in adolescent girls by building strong self-esteem.

Mission:
Our purpose is to encourage the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty, and communication skills for At-Risk girls. Our goal is to enhance At-Risk adolescent girl abilities, so that they are able to take full advantage of their talents, academic interest, career pursuits, and potential for healthy relationships.

We believe that Beautiful Me is uniquely positioned to address and challenge cultural messages which limit and distort girls' self-image. We have found that girls' self-expression within a safe, caring environment encourages self-confidence, authenticity in relationships, and enhanced judgment skills.

Research:
Teenage girls today are having a harder time than ever before because of higher levels of violence and sexism. The current crisis of adolescence's-frequent suicide attempts, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, dropping out of school and running away from home, teenage pregnancies in unprecedented numbers and an epidemic of eating disorders are caused by numerous sources from dysfunctional families to incorrect media saturated messages.

According to studies by the American Association of University Women in 1999 (AAUW), adolescents from 9-17 years of age filed reports that describe lives filled with sex, peer pressure, and body image to top the list of their concerns. Neither schools nor parents provide the help girls need with these issues.

The girls describe a cruel school sexual politics, in which boys press for sex and tease girls who refuse, while girls egg each other on, then turn on those who accede to boys'
demands.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Pressure to have sex starts early at 9 years old.
  • Virtually all girls feel the pressure to fit in and fear of losing their identity to the group.
  • Girls from all backgrounds blame the media for promoting an unattainable body image.
  • African American and Hispanic girls voice more concern about pregnancy,STD's and AIDS.

Our Vision:
The vision of Beautiful Me is to help young adolescent girls at a very basic level, to understand the importance of seeing their self worth and build their self-esteem, which in turn will help them make positive choices for themselves. Many social programs fail to address the basic concept of an adolescent girl's mindset and attitude, which will affect her success in life. If she does not have a positive self-concept she will continue to make choices in her life that are detrimental to the stability of her mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.

Through the use of multimedia technology and use of counseling resources,Beautiful Me support group will help adolescent girls do the following:

  • Improve interpersonal communication skills
  • Improve feelings of self-esteem
  • Modify beliefs that limit assertive expression of thoughts, feelings, and personal desires
  • Demonstrate more assertive behavior in a wide range of situations.
  • Rid ourselves of past negative programming encoded by the media and false self-beliefs
  • Change perception on a relationship to a given problem
  • Develop insight into healthy relationships