Girls at Lake Elmo Elementary are empowering themselves through the “Lovin’ the Skin I’m In” program. About 30 fifth graders participate in the group, which focuses on building the self-confidence and self-esteem of middle school-age girls.
During their lunch-time meetings, the girls explore societal standards of beauty and how the media influences self-esteem and identity. The motto of the group is “I am important, I am beautiful, I matter.” Participants say the group has taught them to believe in themselves.
“It’s a lot of fun, you can be comfortable with your skin color, you can learn about yourself, and you can focus on being confident in your interests.”
Robin Hickman, the founder of Lovin’, recently visited Lake Elmo, and joined in discussions about sheroes - female heroes in their lives. Later, the group took a field trip to see the movie “Hidden Figures.”
Lovin’ is offered to students in collaboration with Equity Alliance of Minnesota.
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