Creating A Positive Self Image In Girls Begins With These Simple Steps

“It’s not who you are that holds you back- it’s who you think you are not.” The quote holds true, especially for many young women in our society who believe that they are not beautiful, not smart, or simply not good enough.  Beliefs like these are grounded in hurt, fear and negative self-image and the Clarendon Youth Innovation Centre was on a mission to challenge these beliefs last Sunday.  

Armed with games, words of encouragement, combs and moisturizers, the team met with 15 young women and girls, ages 3-16 years old, gathered at the Halse Hall United Brethren Church for an afternoon of fun, adornment and empowerment.  The evening was guided by three simple steps. The first step had the girls playing games  such as "I Am", a game aimed at improving self-concept and self-image. The second step had them settled for an empowerment session led by Summer of Service Programme 2019 participant, Kishana Purrier. It was very impactful as she cited examples from everyday life such as dressing for success, speaking clearly and respectfully and other areas that can help to boost self esteem.  At the end of the speech, they moved to the third step where they were engaged in various activities such as hula hoops and jump rope.  Youth Empowerment Officer, Chevelle Campbell and Parish Youth Council President, Gareth Warren, showed some additional talents as they jumped, hooped and taught the youngsters a few tricks. The highlight of the afternoon step four, featured 5 volunteers who gave the participants very stylish hairdos for the upcoming school week.

The aim of the outreach was to assist girls in the Halse Hall community to improve their confidence, self-esteem and relationships and with those around them.  Kishana mentioned that that from the session, she hopes that the participants can appreciate their worth and operate in a way which reflects a high self-esteem.  When asked about her most impactful moment at the session, she spoke of 3 year old who was treated unkindly by the other children. She believes that if those negative interactions continued, the child’s self-image would be degraded as she got older.

She trusts that with more empowerment sessions, the toddler and other girls in the community will begin to think more highly of themselves and will be less likely to be bullies or see themselves in a negative manner.

The session was a successful one and the team is excited for the next outreach initiative in July.