According to Heartofleadership.org, 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way including their looks, performance in school and relationships. 80% of 10-year-old girls have dieted. 90% of high school junior and senior women diet regularly.
Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents. These young girls are faced with low self-esteem and negative body image which often times leads to abuse, teen pregnancy, STD’s, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide. Many also lack the support and proper role models to assist them in becoming strong, confident young women.
To address these issues, Women of Noble Character has fashioned a 3 day conference titled “Show Your Hearts Not Your Body Parts.” The focus of the first day is on such things as “What God says about you.” “Self-esteem”, “Abuse”, “Purity”, and “Proper manners/etiquette.”
As you are aware, our current economy now dictates most women need a job to support themselves or help with their family’s finances. For that reason, the second day of the conference is dedicated to helping the girls prepare for the workforce. Classes include “Financial Literacy”, “Job Interviewing Skills and Dress” and mock job interviews led by representatives from Wells Fargo.
The third day is devoted to the girls receiving free makeovers, including hair and dress, followed by a formal banquet that includes a promise ring ceremony where, among other things, the girls promise to respect themselves and others.
Girls attending the conferences come from various ethnicities and backgrounds. Some have dealt with drug abuse, homelessness, physical abuse and self-abuse. To make sure every girl who wants to attend a conference can, there is no charge to the attendee. Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, a young lady can escape from her everyday problems, learn important life skills and feel cared for and supported by our staff.
In an effort to continue our support past the 3 day conference, we will be hosting monthly workshops focused on topics covered in the conference as well as annual reunions. Our office will be a safe place for any girl to visit for love, support, and encouragement. We are also starting The Nice Girlz Club for our alumni. The girls will learn the joy of serving by going out into the community to help others.