With International Day of the Girl approaching, here are tips on how to support girls in gaining confidence year-round from Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Board Chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and President & Board Chair of Charles Schwab Foundation.
Girls are powerful — both as individuals, and collectively. In the words of Club girl Leonela, “For every girl going through a hard time, there’s a whole world of girls rooting for you to keep going.”
As Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrates International Day of the Girl, we continue our commitment to supporting girls year-round in building positive relationships, elevating their voices and pursuing their dreams as leaders and changemakers.
And empowering girls is needed more than ever.
Over the past few decades, the experience of girlhood has changed dramatically. The internet and cell phones redefined how we socialize and learn. Then, in 2020, the pandemic exacerbated existing challenges for far too many young people, from disrupted learning to health and financial struggles within families, to increasing mental health concerns like anxiety.
According to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2022 youth data, today’s girls face challenges unlike any generation before them:
Empowering girls to know their abilities, worth and potential gives them a foundation they can return to when times get tough.
As a woman in the financial industry, I’ve certainly known that feeling many girls have when they enter a room – the need to prove yourself. But I’ve learned the only thing girls and women really need to be is themselves.
Here are the confidence-building tips I’ve learned throughout the years, which apply from the classroom to the boardroom:
At Boys & Girls Clubs, girls’ leadership programs support young women in tapping into their potential and using their voices. They also offer valuable lessons for becoming independent and confident women – from financial literacy skills (my passion and area of focus) to managing emotions and building self-esteem.
Because when girls are empowered and have the right people to back them up, there is no limit to what they can achieve.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides mentorship, meals and meaningful life experiences to millions of young people across the nation. Boys & Girls Clubs are safe, inclusive places where kids learn, grow and have fun. Join us on our mission of helping all young people reach their full potential: