21 WAYS TO EMPOWER AND INSPIRE TEEN GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN

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Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.
— Amy Leigh Mercree

In this life it is important to pay it forward, to share with others the wisdom hard won through mistakes made and lessons learned. As it happens, that is the purpose of Feby. The older we get, the more we (should) have learnt and sharing our experiences moving forward can lessen another's burden.  Never underestimate the power your actions and words carry. In a world of hurtful and shaming words and images aimed directly at teen girls and young women in magazines, fashion, music videos and culture at large, I urge us all to try and make a positive impact on the young women in our own lives. The media tends to focus on fear and insecurity; let's reinforce confidence and courage.  Below is a selection of ideas to help us in such a noble pursuit created by Lacey C. Clark of Sisters' Sanctuary.

  1. Create your own reality: in this way you encourage others to do so.
  2. Listen more than you speak.
  3. Be authentic.
  4. Be honest.
  5. Spend quality time together.
  6. Be a model of the behaviour you want to see.
  7. Believe in her potential.
  8. Share your wisdom freely.
  9. Explain the value and relevance of history and culture.
  10. Treat her with respect.
  11. Be compassionate.
  12. Be patient.
  13. Remember what it was like to be her age - communicate with her from that perspective.
  14. Let her know that she can always solve any problem - life is never hopeless.
  15. Hold them accountable.
  16. Invest your time and/or your dime.
  17. Teach others the value of staying in gratitude and saying "Thank You".
  18. Remind her about proper nutrition and diet, rather than looking a certain way.
  19. Speak words of encouragement.
  20. Allow them to express themselves without judgement.
  21. If she can't love herself, she can't love others. Does she know that?

 

Do you have any others ideas or suggestions on ways to empower and inspire teen girls and young women? Let's share! That's what a sisterhood is all about.