Local program focuses on youth body image

“Free Being Me,” a program dedicated to educating girls about body image and self esteem will be hosted by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in the Cridersville and Waynesfield-Goshen areas starting next week.

“We focus on the 7-10 year olds. We talk to them about how it’s not about what’s on the outside that matters most, it’s what’s on the inside,” Girl Scouts recruitment manager Jessica Crawford said. “Self esteem and building each other up and having self value.”

“Free Being Me” is sponsored by a “World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts” grant from Dove. Girls in first through third grades are invited to attend the six week program, meeting once a week for activities focusing on being themselves.

Girls in the Cridersville area will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays at the Cridersville Elementary School cafeteria, starting Thursday, April 17. Girls in the Waynesfield-Goshen area will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays at the Waynesfield United Methodist Church, starting on Monday, April 14.

Registration to join Girl Scouts is $15. No child will be turned away.

Throughout the program, Crawford said girls will start noticing how they are identified by their abilities, not only how they look. One of the first activities, “Pot of Gold,” the girls will be encouraged to think about what makes them special. “You write on the gold piece of paper that looks like a gold coin something you treasure about yourself, something you’re good at, something you enjoy doing, something you like about yourself,” Crawford said. “Another girl picks it out, reads that good thing about the other girl. They learn what they like about each other that’s not focused on looks.”

For the full story, see the Friday, April 11 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.