Girls Above Society's "GIRL TALK" Program Ignites Girl Empowerment at Camp Susan Curtis - Stoneham, Maine

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Award winning teen mentor and President of Girls Above Society, Lauren Galley, impacted 184 girls in two sessions at Camp Susan Curtis with her signature “GIRL TALK” program igniting a spark among girls with the “power” of self-worth.

“Believing in yourself is huge, especially in today’s media driven society. It’s time to start a new revolution of girls who are sure of their self-worth."

Twenty-year-old award winning teen mentor, best selling author and President of Girls Above Society, Lauren Galley, takes on her third year of empowering girls ages 8-18 in Stoneham, Maine, at Camp Susan Curtis July 2015. A victim of cyber-bullying, Lauren has taken her negative experience and become a trailblazing mentor after creating her nonprofit at age fifteen for girls of all ages. Galley's peer-to-peer mentorship and "GIRL TALK" program is a working combination of discussion and activity that pinpoints pressures girls are facing in today’s media driven society. Each cabin of girls during session two and session three at Camp Susan Curtis participated in a signature “GIRL TALK” exclusively designed to increase self-worth and confidence of the targeted age group. Camp Susan Curtis provides a camp experience for the economically disadvantaged Maine children through the provision of tuition-free, high-quality camping, educational, and social experiences.

Along with a daily GIRL TALK at camp, two major projects were carried out during sessions two and three that took place throughout the month of July. Session two’s project titled “My Ideal Supergirl” reflected the girls ideal role model/Supergirl they would like to see on the big screen. What would she look like? What powers would she have? These questions were answered with a strong lean towards an ideal Supergirl owning characteristics of helping others and bringing about positive change without emphasis of how she might look. Session three’s project titled “Because I’m a Girl” gave girls the opportunity to vocalize what they would say if someone told them they couldn’t do something because they were a girl. The results of this project show a promising look at a future of girls who believe they have the power to do anything they choose in life.

“Believing in yourself is huge, especially in today’s media driven society. It’s time to start a new revolution of girls who are sure of their self-worth. The confidence that comes from within gives us the fuel to change future generations. I want to see a time when girls are done with judging and bullying. I want to see girls empower each other to be leaders and make this world a better place. We have the “Girl Power”…we just need to use it for the good." says Galley.

Lauren’s yearly "GIRL TALK" program with Camp Susan Curtis will continue to transform a disadvantaged child’s perspective on self-worth and confidence thereby redefining her future. The lessons learned in the “Girl Talk” program contribute to girls becoming more confident and motivated to become leaders of their generation.

Galley will begin her junior year this fall at Sam Houston State University pursuing a degree in Psychology and serves as Leadership Chair of the Greek Organization, Alpha Delta Pi.

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