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Ahh, the new school year.
The smell of freshly sharpened pencils evokes fond feelings of returning to school. But for many teenage girls, back to school is a time of increased anxiety.
Back to school means back into the pressure cooker. It means familiar challenges like bullying, sexual violence, peer pressure and feeling lost. These things can have a devastating impact on a young woman's safety and self-esteem.
• 1 in 4 girls in the U.S. drops out of high school. For Hispanic girls, it's almost 1 in 3.
• 35% of adolescent girls say health issues (such as mental health and body image) are a barrier to their education.
• 62% of girls wish they had more adult support and mentorship.
Young women need extra support to build confidence and stay resilient through hard times. So what can we do to help?
Soroptimist's own Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls helps girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.
87% of girls who participated last year reported feeling more prepared to pursue their career goals!
You can help by sending a message to encourage girls participating in Dream It, Be It!
Raise a flag for GIRL POWER! Your voice makes a difference.