I remember vividly what it was like to face my new school as a new teenager of 13. Fresh out of junior high and making my way through the throngs of new students that had transferred from my local junior high, I faced my first day of high school with confidence. I knew that that day marked my journey from childhood to adolescence and at the prospect of new friends, a heavier workload, higher expectations and social pressures, I was ready for the challenge. This was not the case for some of my friends and new friends that I met the first week. When faced with the new school and all of the new, unfamiliar faces, they were not brave. Instead, they were self-conscious and had no idea where they fit in in the grand scheme of things. They were way out of their element and it showed. As a grown woman with nieces and goddaughters in school, I know something now that I didn’t know then: a lack of confidence was a common problem in most young girls my age and still is today. This post has been sponsored.
Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders is an empowering guide to cultivating confident, passionate and powerful young leaders and is written by Stacey Radin with Lesley Goldman. Written to be a companion guide to raise young women at the most formidable years of their lives, those who are entering into middle school and facing its many challenges, Brave Girls is founded on years of research during Radin’s years as a psychologist and consultant for women struggling in the professional world. After interviewing hundreds of high-achieving business women, Dr. Radin discovered that even the countries most influential and powerful women struggled with insecurity at some point in their lives and were afraid of being seen as too aggressive in a business world that was run, in large part, by men. Since the beginning of her research, Dr Radin has become dedicated to discovering the inherent strengths, value and skills of young women.
During her research with these women, Dr. Radin discovered that their insecurities were formed when the individuals were in middle school, when their identity development was at its peak. It was after discovering this that she founded Unleashed, an after-school program dedicated to empowering young girls through puppy rescue, gives them a passion, a key element in being engaged and successful in both the work place and in life. While bonding with the abandoned and abused animals in their care, they learn compassion and resilience, how to interact with their peers with empathy and respect while developing resourcefulness and critical thinking skills.
Brave Girls was written with the sole purpose of helping parents and educators learn how to not only recognize but to also encourage the confidence and leadership potential in young girls, and demonstrate how making them aware of their strength is valuable, not only to them but to society as a whole.
This book is a great read for parents and caregivers of young girls or educators who are searching for a way to connect with a shy student or for anyone who would like to help young women overcome their fears to become confident, brave individuals who will succeed as they continue through life. It is the perfect tool that will help demonstrate how one worthy cause can help shape a leader for life while reducing the hazards of middle school that include bullying, excessive competition and the fear of speaking out.
The key message included in Brave Girls is that if we take the initiative early enough, we can inspire today’s girls to become the next generation of strong, enthusiastic, and fulfilled leaders in all areas of society!
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