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Reach for the stars with Girls Out Loud

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Our programmes empower girls to channel their potential
and make better life choices.

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Our unique BIG SISTER programme offers teenage girls a
trusted guide to help them through the challenges of growing up.
Find out more here.

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Our Mantra -
Be bold, be brave, be beautiful, but most importantly be you.
Because you, are already enough and absolutely perfect,
just the way you are.

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Encouraging teens to find their voice

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We want to reach out to more girls in schools,
academies and colleges.
Find out how you can help here.

BE BOLD, BE BRAVE, BE BEAUTIFUL, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY BE YOU. BECAUSE YOU, ARE ALREADY ENOUGH AND ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.

About

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HELP US TO EMPOWER TEENAGE GIRLS TO LEARN, LEAD AND THRIVE

Welcome, you have arrived at the multi-award winning social enterprise Girls Out Loud.  We are dedicated to raising the aspirations of teenage girls in the UK.  We are passionate about empowering girls to find their voice. Our programmes are all about embedding more confidence, emotional resilience, self-assurance and self-esteem.  In turn, this leads to real aspiration, real change and long lasting success.

We want to inspire girls to believe in themselves, know they are enough and encourage them to find their inner gumption to make the right choices.

We create and deliver a range of early intervention programmes from 2 hours to 12 months in duration that do just that! We are also champions for teen girls and know our work makes a huge difference.

We hope you will join our movement and get involved as a volunteer, role model, mentor, coach, employer, fund raiser, ambassador, influencer, school or advocate.

Our girls are in the midst of a mental health crisis and they need us to show them a better way NOW!

If you are in any doubt about this take a glance at the alarming facts below…

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, premature sexualisation, peer pressure and bullying, lack of positive, strong female role models, privacy invasion and misuse of the internet, ladette behaviour and increase in aggressive behaviour amongst girls, to name a few.

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 and exam anxiety, are just some of the symptoms apparent in their behaviour.

Not surprisingly we now have a confused generation, disengaging from education and the world around them which leads to low aspirations, poor body image, fickle self esteem and a confused identity.

Girls Out Loud is a UK based social enterprise set up in 2009 by serial entrepreneur, author, coach, speaker, trainer and female champion Jane Kenyon.  Jane had spent the previous 15 years as an entrepreneur in the personal development arena working exclusively with women and felt the need to expand her legacy to working with teen girls. At the time the UK had the highest teen pregnancy in Europe, low teen aspirations and mental health issues were just starting to peek around the corner in every school Pastoral meeting.

Fast forward 10 years and due to the dominance of social media, a society fixated on appearance with appalling body confidence and little movement on the role of women in society, teen girls are in the midst of a mental health crisis.  Self-harming is at an all-time high, teen girl suicides are on the increase, grooming and porn has gone mainstream and 70% of girls experience cyber bullying.  On top of this girls are now questioning careers due to low visibility of female role models and exam pressure and the fear of failure is putting them off even trying.

The mission of Girls Out Loud has now become more than a nice to have for the few. Our early intervention programmes empower girls to have a positive sense of self, to set personal boundaries, to believe they are worth more and harness their gumption – All necessary life skills if we are to make a dent in the unacceptable lack of parity across all sectors and all levels in the female talent pipeline.

We facilitate intervention programmes in schools from one day to 12 months in duration and in 2010 we launched a mentoring programme for teenage girls called BIG SISTER which involves us recruiting and training role models from diverse backgrounds to mentor teenage girls for a period of 12 months. The emphasis of all our activity is to embed a more empowering mindset in girls, which in turn, reconnects them to education, helps them achieve exam success and broaden their aspirations, encourages them to find their individual voice, take risks, make better life decisions, improve their self-image and become role models for future generations.

What’s not to love?…

Our Mission:

To empower and inspire teenage girls in the UK and beyond to have confidence, self belief, emotional resilience and a positive self image which, in turn, supports them to think big, embrace risk and reach for the stars.

The Results:

So far, the girls that have been through our programmes have more clarity on the big picture in terms of their career and place in the world; Recognise the pitfalls of teen pregnancy and no longer see this as a career option; Have higher self-esteem and therefore make better choices in relation to their peer group, boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, family and education/career; Achieve better than expected exam results, are goal centric and have a more healthy external body image.  Most importantly they stand up for themselves, their beliefs, their friends and family; know they are enough and live by our mantra…

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This is the Girls Out Loud Pledge. All of our role model volunteers and the girls who participate in our programmes sign up to this and it is the cornerstone of all our work.

  • Be true to you. Follow your own destiny.
  • Love yourself as you are. Be real, anything less is not worthy of you.
  • Be unique and your own person. Do what you believe is right for you.
  • Harness your courage to step up and out of your comfort zone and relish the challenge.
  • Know it is OK to make mistakes and recognise this is how we all learn and grow.
  • Don’t follow the crowd or be a sheep, unless the crowd is the right crowd for you and respects you.
  • Think big, reach for the stars and never let anyone steal your dreams.
  • Know that you are capable of having, being and doing anything you so desire.
  • If you believe and take action success is guaranteed.
  • Have the utmost respect for yourself and others –treat people as you expect to be treated, anything less is unacceptable.

ALARMING FACTS

  • 1 in 4 girls will self-harm before they leave school and incidents have doubled in past 6 years. www.hscic.gov.uk
  • Girls are now 3 x more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than boys and on any given day up to 5% of girls aged 12 -17 will be prescribed anti-depressants. New stats via NHS in 2019 stated 24% of girls are depressed by age 14. Nuffield Foundation. Social Trends in Adolescent Mental Health 2013
  • Suicides among teen girls have risen by a third in the past year. NHS Mental Health Services 2015
  • 70% of young people have been cyber-bullied with over a third of girls aged 11-21 facing bullying about their appearance. Girls Guides 2019
  • Teen girls most at risk of psychological distress due to spending too much time on social media – up to 8 hours a day is not uncommon. This leads to problems sleeping, risk of cyber bullying and unhealthy levels of inactivity. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Journal August 2019
  • Mental Health services currently turning away 1 in 4 children referred for care. Education Policy Institute4. (EPO) 2018
  • Girls as young as 5 are worrying about their weight. By the age of ten 80% of girls will be on a diet to change their body shape. New research by Girl Guides in 2019 showed 90% of girls are unhappy with their bodies and 71% apply filters to the pictures they post some or ALL of the time. Common Sense Media 2015 & Girls Guides August 2019
  • 47% of girls feel the pressure to look attractive is a disadvantage to being a girl. This figure rises to 76% for 15/16 year olds. APPG Report 2012
  • Teenage girls are now more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group. 12.7% of girls aged 16-19 have experienced domestic abuse in the last year alone. British Crime Survey 2010
  • 33% of girls aged 13-17 have experienced some form of sexual abuse. This figure is likely to be higher in 2019. NSPCC 2009
  • 1 in 4 young people first view porn at the age of 12 or under. The single largest group of internet porn consumers is children aged 12-17. BBC Three Survey 10/4/14
  • 68% of female university students experience sexual harassment on campus. NUS Hidden Marks Survey 2010
  • Exam stress increasing is leading to a drop in 17-21 year old girls wanting to be leaders in their chosen profession. Girls Guides August 2019
  • Teen pregnancy has now plateaued due to widespread female contraception, however the safe sex messages are failing to make an impact as STI’s continue to increase. Young people aged 15-24 are at high risk and education is poor. Health Protection Agency 2012
  • 40 children are kicked out of school every day in the UK. This is a 56% rise in pupils excluded over the past 3 years. 78% of permanent exclusions have special needs and 63% of excluded kids are likely to end up in prison. Government statistics 2019
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How Can You Help?

Become a Big Sister

Our girls need positive and inspirational role models. Could this be you? Our Big Sister programme has been designed to take both you and your little sister on a journey of personal development. Step up and shine…

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Adopt Us

If you have a business or work in an organisation who are keen to adopt a cause this year, then please get in touch. Find out more by filling in our adoption application form.

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Donate

The Girls Out Loud Foundation – There are many ways you can make a donation. From a monthly direct debit to fund-raising to a one-off donation via PayPal. Together we can make a difference to teenage girls across the UK.

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Volunteer

You can become a Girls Out Loud volunteer. Helping our teams deliver the Discovery Day and Role Model Relay events.

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Our Team

Emily Ware

Social Media Manager

SARRA SMITH

Big Sister Programme Local Lead & Stardom Coach

HEATHER GIBBON

Big Sister Programme Local Lead

JANE KENYON

Founder

EMILY BRINNAND

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

HELEN COPE

EXECUTIVE PA TO JANE KENYON

CAROL SAVAGE

STARDOM COACH

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Girls Out Loud CIC, 3rd Floor, The Lexicon. Mount Street, Manchester. M2 5NT

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