Workshop aims to improve girls' self-esteem

Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - This weekend the Boys and Girls Club is partnering with area doctors to help local girls improve their self-esteem.

Leaders are hoping to reach young girls when they are most vulnerable, to set them on the right path later in life.  

"It gives them options. The most options young people have the better off it is for their development and for their decision making," said Robert Ezelle the Chief Professional Officer at the Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo.

Prepping young girls for the future and giving them a better sense of themselves that's the goal of Saturday's event-- called "You're Worth More Than Gold."

It is a self-esteem conference for girls in 5th through 8th grades.

Four local doctors will work with other coaches to help young Kalamazoo girls improve both their physical and emotional well-being.

The idea is to help girls feel good in their own skin and show them what can be done if you put your mind to it.

"It's so important to have role models and people that you see go ahead of you that are doing it so you can kind of look at them and say you know I can do it too. So having positive examples when you're faced with negativity is key to having that resilience to overcome," said psychologist Charmeka Whitehead, one of the organizers and speakers at the event.

Organizers hope it will help young girls in Kalamazoo stay on the right path.

"It's very important to have those role models. These kids are overcoming some tremendous obstacles, a lot of adversity. And to have someone that has gone further in their lives and obtained the best possible education as are really, really leaders is really important for young girls," said Ezelle.

The conference is Saturday from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

It's at the Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo on Lake street in Kalamazoo.

All girls in 5th through 8th grade are invited.

You can call the Boys and Girls Club ahead of time to register or just show up at 9:30 a.m. Saturday if you're interested in attending.


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