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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

Help

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

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.

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Girls Out Loud is a UK based social enterprise set up in 2009 by serial entrepreneur and inspirational speaker/coach Jane Kenyon and business woman, Ambassador for enterprise and media personality Claire Young. In 2010 they were joined by Rachel Ward Lilley a teenage champion, communications professional and mountaineer. The team have a mission to raise the aspirations of young girls between the ages of 13-18. The organisation facilitates intervention programmes in schools from one day to 12 months in duration and in 2010 we launched a nationwide mentoring programme for teenage girls called BIG SISTER which involves us recruiting and training role models from a diverse background 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.

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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, friends, family and education/career; Achieve better than expected exam results, are goal centric and have a more healthy external body image.

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  • 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.

What We Do

Alongside our work as champions and campaigners for teenage girls and extensive media work at our launch in 2010 our product portfolio concentrates on 4 key programmes:

  1. Discovery Day – 1 day course
  2. Stardom Programme – 12 week programme
  3. Role Model Relay – 2 hour speed-mentoring
  4. Big Sister Programme – 1 year programme

Watch the video to find out more.

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ALARMING FACTS

  1. British teenage girls are now the biggest binge drinkers in Europe
  2. Teenage girls more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group
  3. 1 in 4 girls will self harm before they leave school
  4. 50% of girls restricting food intake in some way by age 10
  5. 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
  6. Girls now 3 x more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than boys.
  7. 68% of female university students experience sexual harassment on campus

How Can You Help?

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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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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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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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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Our Team

JANE KENYON

Founder

RACHEL WARD-LILLEY

Head Big Sister & Director

DAWN SCOTT

SisterClub Leader

WENDY MAYCRAFT

Local Lead Big Sister Programme, Blackburn

WENDY HEWITT

Local Lead Big Sister Programme, Salford

EVENTS

Girls Out Loud are launching in the lively city of Liverpool. Our launch event is on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

To attend the event, please follow this link.

If you have ANY connections in Liverpool that you feel may be able to support our arrival in the city, please email Jane direct on jane@girlsoutloud.org.uk and we will invite them to our launch in May.  This includes potential Big Sisters; companies that would be interested in supporting our work; schools; FE Institutions; public sector funders; trusts and legacy funding organisations, women only networks and any movers and shakers who should know of our work.

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