You’re probably already aware that Empowered Flower Girl is an advocate and ally for youth. We work to help young people of all backgrounds live above life’s drama to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.
But we also know how vitally important it is to serve and support girls and young women as they transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Girls across the globe face challenges – from equal access to education and capital to greater risks of digital harassment and domestic abuse.
But despite those challenges, girls are poised to change the world. They are creators. They are innovators and they are POWERful.
On October 1, 2020, Empowered Flower Girl will dedicate our social media to “Girls Who Transform the World.” We will host a live discussion via Facebook as well as highlight girls who are making an impact in their communities. We’re doing this in honor of International Day of the Girl, which is observed every year on October 11.
The International Day of the Girl campaign encourages girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights. This year, under the theme “My voice, our equal future,” organizations and individuals are encouraged to seize the opportunity to re-imagine a better world inspired by adolescent girls – energized and recognized, counted and invested in.
Do you know a girl transforming her community or the world through entrepreneurship, volunteerism or the arts? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we just may feature her in our She’s EmPOWERed column.
Do you want to help transform your world?
If you are a teacher, counselor or nonprofit/after-school professional who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people, let’s connect. Seriously. Schedule your FREE 20-minute discovery call to discuss how we can help you.
BTW, Girl World Peace Academy enrollment returns September 25th. Learn more at www.rashedakamaria.com/girlworldpeace.
At 11 years old, Autumn Smith is resilient. Like Empowered Flower Girl’s Rasheda Kamaria Williams, she is a survivor of bullying, which she’s endured since kindergarten.
Despite being alienated and feeling lonely at times, deep down Autumn knew she wasn’t alone.
“I didn’t want people who were being bullied like me to feel alone. I wanted them to understand that if we stood together then maybe we could get others to listen and things change,” Autumn said.
And change things is what she did.
Autumn used her experience and creative abilities to develop a line of empowering t-shirts. With assistance from her mom, she designed the shirts which come in several colors with messages like “Bullying Stops Here” and “Kindness is My Rebellion.”
“When I (made my first shirt), it made me feel stronger. Like I was being heard for the first time in a long time,” she said. “I wanted to share that feeling with my friends. Then I wanted to share it with the whole school.”
Autumn spent the summer raising funds to pay for 600 shirts, which she sold and gifted to students and families in her community and beyond.
“She is a very determined kid and has had some amazing supporters along the way,” according to her mother Cynthia.
“She has done some pretty scary things for a kid her age but she fights through it because she wants to make the change. She feels that strongly about ending bullying.”
Learn more about Autumn and her Stopping Bullying One Shirt at a Time initiative on Facebook.
Know a girl or young woman 5-25 years old who deserves recognition? Email email@example.com. Parental consent required for anyone under 18 years of age.
There are kids in our communities and around the world tackling issues and championing causes – from climate change and racism to access to education and homelessness. Although it’s our job as adults to pave the way and solve these problems, I am still inspired by the courage, dedication and commitment of children and teens globally.
Empowered Flower Girl is committed to showcasing youth making a positive difference and those who are using their gifts to bring joy to others.
Do you know a young social entrepreneur or change maker (who identifies as female) from 5 to 25, let us know. We’ll highlight her in the next issue of Be EmPOWERed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parental consent will be required for those under 18.
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