The problem of low self-esteem is pervasive among pre-adolescent and adolescent girls in the United States. Research conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute and other organizations demonstrates that risky behavior such as smoking, drinking, unsafe sexual behavior, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, and self-mutilative behavior are often associated with low self-esteem. Here are some ideas to help raise self-esteem in your community and peers:
- Cover Girl Culture Screening: Hold a screening for your community and then facilitate a discussion about how we can combat negative media and rally for positive media images for girls. Create posters or a PSA with your ideas to fight against negative media for girls.
- Operational Beautiful: The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post anonymous notes in public places for other women and girls to find. The point is that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. You are enough… just the way you are! Visit the Operation Beautiful website for ideas on how to spread the message!