How might we build self-esteem in 8th grade girls?
The American Psychological Association reports that low self-esteem is often associated with health-compromising behaviors in adolescence such as substance use, early sexual activity, eating problems, and thoughts that may lead to suicide. This hit home with a team of One Stone students who recalled their own memories and experiences from junior high, and served as a call to action to do something to positively impact girls at this vulnerable age.
They did this through project BeYOUtiful, an all-girl slumber party jam packed with activities and games that were positive, fun, and reinforced the idea that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. One Stone team members, adult coaches and girls from across the valley gathered to empower each other through art, Zumba, journaling and reflection.