Every child deserves the opportunity to live a long, healthy and productive life! According to the
Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, commissioned by the Dove® Self-Esteem Fund, reveals that there is a self-esteem crisis in this country that pervades every aspect of a girl’s life including her looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.
Seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members;
62% of all girls feel insecure or not sure of themselves; and
57% of all girls have a mother who criticizes her own looks;
Reality vs. Perception: Low self-esteem significantly impacts girls’ overall feelings about their own beauty:
71% of girls with low self-esteem feel their appearance does not measure up, including not feeling pretty enough, thin enough or stylish or trendy enough (compared to 29% of girls with high self-esteem);
78% of girls with low self-esteem admit that it is hard to feel good in school when you do not feel good about how you look (compared to 54% of girls with high self-esteem);
Girls with low self-esteem are significantly more likely to engage in negative behaviors:
75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities such as disordered eating, cutting, bullying, smoking, or drinking when feeling badly about themselves (Compared to 25% of girls with high self-esteem); and
61% of teen girls with low self-esteem admit to talking badly about themselves (Compared to 15% of girls with high self-esteem);
Parents’ words and actions play a pivotal role fostering positive self-esteem in girls:
Girls with low self-esteem are less likely to receive praise from either parent and more likely to receive criticism than girls with high self-esteem; and
93% of girls with low self-esteem want their parents to change their behavior towards them in at least one way (Compared to 73% for girls with high self-esteem);
According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there were 41,731,233 youth age 10-19 in the United States, 13% of the total U.S. population, in 2015. 16 million of them are growing up without a mentor. That's one out of every three young people who, outside of their family at home, don't have a trusted adult who they believe they can turn to for advice and guidance. Of those young people, 9 million face a variety of day-to-day challenges that put them at-risk for falling off track.
Confident Girl Mentoring Program, Inc. is dedicated to quality mentoring experiences for all young people. In New York alone, the population of youth age 10-19 is estimated to be 2,409,802, 12% of the state's total of youth who need and could benefit from a caring adult mentor, someone other than a parent. Your contributions help make that effort possible.
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