“Around half of girls and upto one third of boys have dieted to lose weight, children and young people with body image dissatisfaction are less likely to engage in learning and participation in school, and over half of bullying experienced by young people was because of appearance.” -All Party Parliamentary Report on Body Image
Stephanie Heart is a non-profit organisation concerned with the empowerment, inspiration, and encouragement of girls and young women through projects, workshops, interactive seminars and conferences. The aim is to repair the disengagement and disillusionment of this current generation of young females, in order to restore in them a profound appreciation and a secure assurance of their own true beauty, uniqueness, potential and worth.
There is a real imperative for this message to reach out and as time ticks by, the urgency only seems to increase, as more and more people are beginning to realise the serious effects of not (or poorly) addressing issues of low self-esteem; misguided self-perception; mass produced and heavily depended-upon beauty and clothing items; a severe lack of positive, varied and contemporary role models; degrading aspirations and life goals…and the list goes on, as you may well know.
- A survey of 2,000, 16- to 25-year-olds, conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Prince’s Trust, found that 14% of young people felt that life had no purpose and 10% felt life was not worth living. For young people not in education, employment or training, 27% felt that life had no purpose.
- A survey of 1,000 girls showed two thirds wanted to be glamour models and a quarter wanted to be lap dancers.
- Girls with low self-esteem are three times more likely than girls with high self-esteem to engage in harmful and destructive behaviors that can leave a lasting imprint on their lives, such as eating disorders, cutting, smoking and drinking heavily.
- 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, from their looks or performance in school, to their relationships with friends and family members.
The problem is that these issues have become so common; they are no longer considered issues. Stephanie Heart wants to create a new normal.
Institutions and organisations like your own, being closely associated and connected with these girls are in a powerful position to impact the girls and young women you work with diffusing a message that will not only benefit them during school but everyday life.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info