© 2020 by The Centre for Girls, a program of The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which relies on grant-funding, private donations and corporate sponsorship.

Girls GLOW!

Girls are worth so much more than their measurements or the readings on a scale.  Yet our beauty-obsessed culture sends very harsh messages to our girls on a daily basis.  


Look at these alarming stats:

  • 81% of girls would rather see real or natural photos of models than touched up versions, yet 47% say fashion magazines give them a body image to strive for (Girl Scouts and Dove Self Esteem Fund, 2010)

  • 53% of 13 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies; this increases to 78% by age 17 (National Institute on Media and Family)

  • 3 out of 4 teenage girls felt depressed, guilty, or shameful after spending 3 minutes leafing through a fashion magazine (Keep It Real)

  • 50% of 3-6 year olds worry about being fat (Hayes & Tantleff-Dunn, 2010) and 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991)

  • 80% of 10 year old girls have been on a diet (Keep It Real, 2012)

  • 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always.” (Shisslak, Crago, & Estes  1995)


To help combat this, we have developed Girls GLOW, a comprehensive body-image and self-esteem initiative. This program includes a 10-part workshop series, art projects that enhance positive self-expression, and a culminating art expo.  And thanks to Florida Blue and TECO Energy, this engaging program is completely free to the girls who participate!


Our girls are aged 11-14, for our Girls Glow Group.  Classes will be held during our Summer Camp and will include a workshop on a special topic and a related art project, such as jewelry-making, fashion design, poetry, and much more!


Confidence & Inner Beauty
Identity: I AM ENOUGH!
Speaking My Mind 
Social Media I.Q. & Cyber Bullying 
Distorted Images: Media Portrayals vs. Real Life Women
Healthy Eating & Living; Preventing Eating Disorders 
Hygiene & Skin Care/Age-Appropriate Makeup 
Dressing for Your Body 
Champions: Kids Doing Good for Others/Doing What Makes You Happy 
Career Day

Developing Strong Girls in Tampa Bay

                               Funded by Florida Blue & TECO Energy

This project has been developed by an all-volunteer committee.  We'd like to thank the following ladies for their involvement in this program:

Bryana Wall - Committee Chair

Katy Rosini, MPH - subject matter expert

Anna Higgins - intern from UT, developed detailed research report & led teen board

Max Logan - workshop presenter

Lisa Sjobeck - dedicated community volunteer

Caroll Vick - arts in education expert

Kristin Burdette - community volunteer and parent advocate

Jean Huth - created our beautiful logo!


A Special Thanks to our sponsors: