What’s What Wednesday: Teen Empowerment Group
This week, Sunshine State Counseling is focusing on teenage girl empowerment. We as a practice believe that all individuals have the right to be comfortable in their own bodies, believe in themselves and live their life to the fullest. Soon, Sunshine State Counseling Center will be offering a Teenage girls empowerment support/psychoeducational group. Throughout 12 weeks the girls will gain insight on expression of feelings, self-esteem, healthy communication and safe boundaries as well as other important social skills.
Why is it important to empower teen girls?
- It’s her right. Every girl deserves to feel good about herself, her body and her everyday life
- Empowered girls mean healthier families. According to UNESCO, 2.1 million children under age 5 were saved between 1990 and 2009 because of improvements in girls’ education.
- Empowered girls are key to breaking the cycle of poverty for families around the world
- Empowered girls strengthen economies: According to a new Brookings report, “Increasing the number of women completing secondary education by just 1 percent could increase a country’s economic growth by 0.3 percent.
- Hayes and Fors (1990) report that lower self esteem is often the reason why young girls engage in premarital sexual relationships and is more likely to be responsible for teen pregnancies than any other single factor
- It has been found that such programs can significantly reduce the incidence of anti-social behavior in schools, as well as reduce vandalism and the incidents of verbal or physical aggression by 40-50%. (Reasoner,1992, Borba, 1999)
- The number of women in corporate jobs is growing everyday. In any career that teen girls decide to participate in, they will need strong communication skills.Most organizations are looking for individuals with a particular, tactical, skill set and the ability to influence people to get things done.