Helping Teen Girls Discover and Reveal Their Inner Beauty
Glenfield Assistant Principal Erika Pierce could tell which girls would end up in her office with discipline problems from the moment they walked in the front door. "You could see it in their faces and how they carried themselves that this was not going to be a good day for them." She knew there had to be a way to proactively and positively address the issues underlying their behaviors.
How one looks on the outside can trigger positive emotions on the inside. Understanding this, Ms. Pierce and Student Assistance Counselors Rebecca Weintraub and Whitney Gibbs created Project BeYOUtiful. This series of small group workshops for 6th-8th grade girls teaches them how to improve their outward appearance while also helping them unearth their inner beauty through activities that boost confidence and self esteem. The girls have gotten hair and skin tips from local beauticians, and they created vision boards and locker mirrors with positive messages to themselves.
Project BeYOUtiful started in the fall of 2017, and the Glenfield team is already seeing marked improvements in the girls' behavior. The girls have begun to open up about some of the emotions that inform how they act, and they are walking into school looking and feeling beautiful.
Your donations will allow this program to continue for the remainder of the 2017 - 2018 school year with workshops that address social and emotional health.