This Fall, back to school clothing will be
provided to girls around the country by the Believe in Yourself Project.
Each back to school season, there is so much
pressure on young girls to stay in style, with very little consideration for
the reality that many girls from low-income families cannot afford new clothes.
Their resulting embarrassment can inhibit their ability to attend social and
extracurricular actives, causing them to miss out on important milestones and
further lowering their self confidence.
Believe in Yourself (www.believeinyourself.org) is a
foundation launched in January 2017 that provides brand-new, never-worn
dresses to low-income girls around the country, while at the same time works to
promote positive body image, to reduce cyber bullying, and to inspire girls to
believe in themselves and their dreams.
Clothing donations are tied to the girls’
progress in achieving goals. Each girl who wants to receive a dress is entered
into a system where they are then tracked to see their progress, whether
towards improving their academics or pursuing an extracurricular interest such
as music, dance, sports, etc. and Believe in Yourself provides the girls
dresses for any upcoming events they have during the school year.
Believe in Yourself is part of a broader
initiative. The charity brings in Mentors and speakers to motivate
the girls to believe in themselves. These mentors also provide tips if the
girls are experiencing a negative body image or bullying of any kind, and they
counsel the girls to help them achieve their dreams and goals.
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