You Can Sit With Us
M.E.A.N. Girls Empowerment™ You Can Sit With Us Mentoring Program for girls ages 8 to 12. This program is designed to educate girls struggling against bullying and empower young ladies to avoid negativity. We teach our girls how to identify bullying behaviors, report, and refuse bullying using their social emotional skills. Our program has a unique focus on bullying prevention and seeks to eliminate bullying that occurs in schools and other public spaces.
When conflict is poorly handled or remains unresolved, it can lead to negative outcomes such as toxic relationships (e.g., lack of respect, bullying, incivility, insults). We equip our participants with the necessary communication skills and principles that are effective to work through and resolve disputes/conflicts on their own.
Our program curriculum is aligned to the Illinois State Board of Education K-12 Social Emotional Learning Standards (ISBE Standards Based).
Our program enhances efforts to prevent bullying and reduce violence
Our program improves communication between participants, their families, and schools
Our program promotes self-love, self-esteem, and motivation.
Our program encourages behavior improvement that leads to healthy decision making, and leadership qualities
A variety of our workshops focuses on clear communication, developing skills in conflict resolution, negotiating, listening, decision making, self-esteem and goal setting. Through lessons, activities, and role- playing, our girls build leadership skills and character traits such as honesty, personal accountability, learning to listen to the viewpoints of others, critical thinking about life and sound decision making.
Did You Know?
Bullying amongst girls has been linked to:
Depression, Behavior Problems, Difficulties in Academic Performance, Low Self-Esteem, Poor Social Skills, Lack of close Peer Relationships, Low School Engagement, and Undermined Feelings of Competence
Sessions are held 1st and 3rd Saturday’s as one large group which consist of 20- 35 girls. We provide 1-on-1 mentorship & coaching sessions, educational interactive workshops, team building sessions, and community service activities.
Why We Exist
About 28 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school during the school year. Of students ages 12–18, about 14 percent reported that they were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13 percent reported being the subject of rumors; and 6 percent reported that they were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on. Of those students who reported being pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on at school, about 21 percent reported injury as a result of the incident. Additionally, about 4 percent of all students reported being excluded from activities on purpose, 4 percent reported being threatened with harm, 2 percent reported that others tried to make them do things they did not want to do, and 2 percent reported that their property was destroyed by others on purpose; according to the Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013 report, by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and National Center for Education Statistics Institute of Education Sciences (IES).