Girls deserve more!

Being a teenage girl in the world today is a challenge.

Attempts to retain an element of individuality are threatened on a daily basis by the media, celebrity culture, early sexualisation, peer pressure and bullying. Add to this the lack of positive, strong female role models, privacy invasion and misuse of the internet and you can see why this backdrop is leading to a generation of teenage girls arriving at puberty with a full on identity crisis. Eating disorders, promiscuity and teen pregnancies, body dysmorphia, self-harming, binge-drinking and substance abuse, panic attacks, exam anxiety and fear of failure and risk are just some of the symptoms apparent in their behaviour.

Enter GIRLS OUT LOUD, a Manchester based social enterprise on a mission to empower teenage girls in the UK to believe in themselves; to give them emotional resilience and to raise their aspirations beyond a glamour model, a WAG or a teen Mum!

We do this by facilitating intervention programmes in schools from one day to 3 months in duration and in 2010 we launched a nationwide mentoring programme for teenage girls, BIG SISTER, which involves us recruiting and training role models, like YOU to mentor a teenage girl for a period of 12 months.

Our work is having a huge impact on the girls we are fortunate to work with and we know for sure, the women that step up to be Big Sisters are shaping the mindsets of our future generation. But we need to think bigger! We are now ready to share our expansion plans which will ensure our programmes reach more girls and more schools and we need you to help us make it happen!

If you would like to know more about our work, become a Big Sister or simply help us fund raise please come along to one of 4 information meetings taking place throughout the region over the coming weeks. We would love to share our vision with you.

Tuesday, 29 November 5.30-7.30pm Royal Armouries, Leeds

Thursday, 1 December 5.30-7.30pm Cotton Court House, Preston

Monday, 5 December 5.30-7.30pm DWF Offices, Spinningfields, Manchester

Monday, 12 December 2-4pm Queen Hotel, Chester

To secure your place simply email jane@girlsoutloud.org.uk

We are so looking forward to meeting you all and changing the landscape for teenage girls in this country. It is timeā€¦.

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