By Aubrey Connaghan  October 13, 2010
<ul><li>GENaustin was originally called The Ophelia Project, and was created in 1996. </li></ul><ul><li>Started by12 mothe...
<ul><li>GENaustin girls will gain these values: -Being able to identify  substantive  values and aspects in their lives an...
<ul><li>Their mission is to promote healthy self-esteem in young girls by encouraging them to explore and identify their p...
<ul><li>My personal connection to this organization is because of past issues that still seem to resonate in my life today...
<ul><li>ClubGEN is an after school program geared towards middle-school girls. Local high school girls are hired and train...
<ul><li>Inputs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Board of directors (about 20) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 new leaders (2010) </li...
<ul><li>Process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We train schools to hold ClubGEN as an after school program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
<ul><li>The amount of girls that are unhappy with their body, or themselves is staggering.  They are thrown  fallacious  m...
<ul><li>Just Think Foundation works to help people life healthy, responsible lives while not being impacted by media in a ...
<ul><li>With the set discussions our programs will foster critical thinking within the girls by making them look at the wo...
<ul><li>Donations of any amount is greatly appreciated </li></ul><ul><li>You made donate to this link:  http://www.genaust...
 
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  1. 1. By Aubrey Connaghan October 13, 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>GENaustin was originally called The Ophelia Project, and was created in 1996. </li></ul><ul><li>Started by12 mothers raising teenage girls in Austin, Texas. The mother met after reading Reviving Ophelia wanting to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls. It was a decline and overall loss of self-esteem. </li></ul><ul><li>Afraid of the potential results (epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, self-mutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse) The Ophelia Project was born. </li></ul><ul><li>GEN stands for Girls Empowerment Network </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>GENaustin girls will gain these values: -Being able to identify substantive values and aspects in their lives and to make decisions that are right for them -Knowing how do support and feel connected to other girls -Being able to value and to take care of their bodies properly and safely -Learn to practice critical thinking towards media and the messages it’s sending out to girls about what they are suppose to be -Believing in themselves -Asking for help when they need it instead of hiding it and coping -Having the skills to discuss or communicate productively </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Their mission is to promote healthy self-esteem in young girls by encouraging them to explore and identify their personal values and to create the skills that will empower them with the confidence and courage to make wise decisions in their life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>My personal connection to this organization is because of past issues that still seem to resonate in my life today. Once I became the older sister I felt pushed aside. As I entered middle I felt that I was more at home at school; that my friends were my true family since they were there for me and able to talk. Yet I still had that nagging feeling of how I wasn’t pretty enough or skinny enough. I felt loss in a sea of media images that was never ending. I needed some type of scaffolding to see me through that period of my life. I hope that organizations like GENaustin can throw a life raft to those girls, like I did, who need to be saved from drowning in the glorified images of the media society. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>ClubGEN is an after school program geared towards middle-school girls. Local high school girls are hired and trained to lead weekly discussions and activities that teach from a curriculum that is mostly research based, which is designed exclusively for ClubGEN. </li></ul><ul><li>The discussions are done to help to these girls with attaining and keeping the skills and awareness that they will need to get through all the pressures of their teen years. </li></ul><ul><li>The girls are purposefully surrounded with positive role models, like the high school girls, they can relate to for connection, inspiration, and guidance. </li></ul><ul><li>The topics mainly covered in the discussions and activities are: body image (media images, positive self outlook, and puberty), bullying, career exploration, confidence, goal setting, healthy eating, physical fitness, healthy relationships, substance abuse, stress management, and teambuilding </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Inputs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Board of directors (about 20) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 new leaders (2010) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A trained staff of 11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 interns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group of local high school girls to help run ClubGEN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The main source of income is donations from different companies and individuals. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outputs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are able to help thousands of girls AND adults with our workshops and afterschool programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have been help 5 different school districts in Texas implement our programs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We train schools to hold ClubGEN as an after school program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We train high school girls to be leaders and give them tools for later in life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have provided 38 schools in Texas with ClubGEN to help improve the mindset and self-confidence of girls in their schools. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We endow high school girls with leadership, employment, and personal skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls in the program have shown: to attend school more, do better in math, and have less disciplinary issues </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The amount of girls that are unhappy with their body, or themselves is staggering. They are thrown fallacious media images that further that unhealthy cognitive. The statistics below are proof of how significant this issue has progressed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2006, more that 84% of girls believed they had to be thin to be popular - up from 75% in 2000 (Girls, Inc., 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>39.4% of female Texas high school students report depressive symptoms, feeling sad or hopeless. (Department of Health and Human Services, 2005) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One in 10 teenage girls reported using a prescription drug to get high at least once in the past year. (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2007) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49% of girls ages 13-18 who have been in a relationship have done something that went against their values or beliefs in order to please a boyfriend or girlfriend (Love is Not Abuse, 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>29% of girls ages 13-18 who have been in a relationship have been pressured to have sex or engage in sexual acts when they did not want to (Love Is Not Abuse, 2006). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2003, 29% of all juvenile arrests were female – an increase from 20% in 1980 (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2006). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Between 1980 and 2003 there was a 47% increase in female juvenile arrests for violent crimes (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2006). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The number of female juvenile offenders in custody increased 52% from 1991 to 2003 (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2006). </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Just Think Foundation works to help people life healthy, responsible lives while not being impacted by media in a negative, but by using it to promote and encourage critically thinking and action. </li></ul><ul><li>They want the youth of the world to think for themselves , and to be independent beings. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>With the set discussions our programs will foster critical thinking within the girls by making them look at the world, and more importantly themselves, in a completely different way. </li></ul><ul><li>They will learn to resolve their questions and doubts about themselves and what beauty means. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Donations of any amount is greatly appreciated </li></ul><ul><li>You made donate to this link: http://www.genaustin.org/donate/donate.php </li></ul><ul><li>Or to this address: GENaustin P.O. Box 3122 Austin, TX 78704 </li></ul>

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