The pressure of looking a certain way or fitting in can make the transition into middle school or high school challenging for any student, especially girls.
A confidence summit at Graves County High School Saturday is helping change that attitude by empowering teen girls. Moms and their daughters spent the afternoon hearing about building a positive self-esteem from guest speakers like Davina Meritt.
Organizer Jodie Hansen says the program aims to empower girls entering high school or middle school.
“It's a tough age. It's really tough, and you're trying to figure yourself out," Hansen said.
Girls also had the opportunity to shop from local vendors and participate in break out confidence building sessions.
Graves County High School students’ part of a tourism class came up with the idea and pitched it to the Mayfield-Graves County Tourism Commission last fall. The commission liked it and thanks to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid they were able to host the event for free.
One of the class members, senior Audrie Lamb, says the day is about making people feel good.
“You know people say man up, you know instead of just saying toughen up, and the language that we use makes it seem like it's a bad thing to be a girl, and that can have some real confidence issues in people,” Lamb said.
The concept comes from a video done by Always titled #LikeAGirl?. It questions what it is to do something like a girl. To watch the video click here.
Hansen says they hope to make the event bigger and better each year.
For some suggestions on how to help build your daughters self-esteem click here.