Sunday 19 May, 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters launch mentoring programme at JGHS

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Cayman Islands on Monday announced that it had launched a new group mentoring programme for young females: ‘Go Girls!’.

The mentoring programme will be available at the John Gray High School (JGHS), a partner of the programme. Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 11-13 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem.

The program will help young women build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life. “We are very excited to be partnering with JGHS for this new initiative. Life for all young people is becoming more and more complex” said Jacqueline Schofield, BBBS Programme Director.

“BBBS is continually looking for ways to help the youth of Cayman cope with these increasing pressures and become more resilient when faced with the challenges of growing up in today’s society” she added.

Social pressures for girls to be perfect are at an all- time high. Young women face difficult statistics, including the fact that girls' self-esteem typically peaks at the age of nine and only 14% of girls in year 10 say they are self-confident*.

Go Girls! helps young women overcome these pressures by building the necessary confidence and self-awareness to thrive in a media and technology-driven world.

Go Girls! strives to help young females: • Learn the tools and information they need to lead and maintain a healthy lifestyle

• Enhance their competence, confidence and self-esteem regarding active living and healthy eating

• Build their leadership and life skills The program is being piloted at JGHS, with the hopes of roll out to other schools in the near future. The program consists of 7 mentoring sessions, held over a 7 week period, after school hours within school facilities.

Each 1.5 hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.


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