A 17-year-old Trail student is looking to build on an existing program that aims to give young women strength and support through their journey of self-discovery.
Grade 12 student Amber Oosthuyzen is thrilled to jump into Redefining Beauty again with a special event planned for Saturday, which kicks off the four-week program.
The first teen to ever facilitate a program under the Columbia Youth Development Centre now has help. Junior mentor MacAulay Morton will assist in delivering the course that channels self-worth, relationships and teaches youth to set the bar high.
“The program is for girls who want to start their journey of finding out who they are and what they want in life,” said Oosthuyzen. “If you know who you are and have a basis of what you want out of life, then the outside appearance isn’t such a burden, you’re not so focused on it.”
A survey completed by youth involved in the program last year found that participants’ self esteem was boosted and confidence lifted, she said. Overall positive feedback has resulted in the return of the course, which was also supported by the Columbia Basin Trust’s youth grants program.
A $2,500 donation went toward the purchase of a laptop and projector that will help during presentations, which are hoped to one day take place at area schools.
Stripping away an obsession of body and image, this year’s program will focus on mental and physical health.
Through group discussions and activities, girls will figure out what makes them tick and have solid support along the way.
Young women and their female support systems are invited to an introduction of the program Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Trail United Church (1300 Pine Ave.). The event will include a short video and presentation by Dr. Corrine Knox.
Girls in grades 7-12 who are interested in the program are invited to meet at the Little House, located beside Star Grocery in the Gulch, every Monday in April. Grade 7s are asked to come from 3-5 p.m. while grades 8-12 will gather from 7-9 p.m.
For more information on this weekend’s event or the upcoming program, contact Oosthuyzen at 231-4627.