Girls Empowered & Mentored for Success
Girls need connection, empowerment and leadership more than ever, because they are coping with more pressure then ever.
GEMS Sorority believes girls must learn the social, emotional, and leadership skill sets they need to navigate through the 7 core things that “pull on” them daily:
- Peer pressure
- Media messages of perfection & beauty
- Suicide and self-harm is happening around them
- Teen Pregnancy is happening around them
- Drugs/drinking is happening around them
- Cell phones and electronics
GEMS is intentional in teaching girls the tools and skill sets. Self-esteem cannot be medicated, nor ignored. Self Esteem is the element that drives our decisions, our education, our relationships, our success, our income, our dreams and our jobs, so it’s important to intentionally teach these skills to girls. The result of not equipping our kids with these skills can result in low-self esteem/depression, dropping out, teen pregnancy, sex trafficking, or suicide/ self-harm. Below are the statistics in these areas:
- There is one age group that really stands out in the stats — girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Suicide Rate for Teen Girls Has Hit a 40-Year High.
- Read this article in Time Magazine: http://time.com/4887282/teen-suicide-rate-cdc/
- Arizona’s suicide rate has risen 81% and for girls is at a 40 year high.
- We want girls to thrive and we want girls to change the world, not change diapers.
- 1 million teens ages 13-18 in the USA will become pregnant over the next twelve months.
- According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Hawaii teen birth rates have declined by 65 percent over the past 24 years. This is significant because teen pregnancy rates in the state rank as the tenth highest in the nation.
- Almost half of all teen mothers end up on welfare.
- 50% of 9-year old females and 80% of 10-11 year old females feel self-conscious and are on some type of diet.
- A shocking 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
- eating disorders are found in 10% of boys and 90% of girls
- 58% of girls admit to dieting
- 1 million girls under the age of 18 get pregnant annually
- 1 out of 10 eighth grade girls smokes daily
- 30% of adolescent girls have thoughts about suicide
- The rate of depression among girls and women have doubled
- Over 50% of women say their body disgusts them (Dove Internal Study, 2002)
- Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self-harm (according to healthyplace.com)
- 90 percent of people who engage in self harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years (according to healthyplace.com)
- Cutting, pills, poisons and other self-harm are on the rise among girls ages 10-18. There has been an 8% rise in ER visits from teen girls. A report from The Washington Post reports it’s due to more social isolation, cyberbullying, poor sleep and overuse of phones. Self-harm is a key risk factor for suicide.
Rape and abuse:
- 1/3 of all teen relationships are considered abusive
- 15% of rape survivors are under the age of 12
- About 1 in 6 college-aged female survivors received assistance from a victim services agency according to National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
- 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation according to NCVS