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
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: