Selfie with "NO Filters"
M.E.A.N. Girls Empowerment™ Selfie with "NO Filters" Mentoring Program for girls ages 13 to 18. This unique program is designed for girls who have transitioned from adolescents to teens. We empower young ladies to live a healthy lifestyle, make healthy decisions, set goals, and take actions to improve their physical, emotional, and mental health. We provide our girls with a better understanding of how their choices can help themselves, their families, and their communities.
The program curriculum and workshops focus on mature topics such as stress management, mental wellness, self-care, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual health, nutrition, school/life balance, leadership development, and building healthy relationships.
In partnership with Be Well Chicago, our girls participate in monthly peace circles, which provides them with a safe space to find their voice and listen, learn interactively, engage in healing, and develop leadership skills. Case managers, mental health professionals, and counselors from Be Well Chicago are assigned to support and provide resources to our girls that are faced with trauma. Researchers have found that girls who experience various childhood traumas are at higher risk of school discipline and involvement in the juvenile justice system. It is our goal to ensure that our girls who have experienced trauma have access to supportive services and community resources to help them heal and thrive.
College/job readiness workshops are a core focus for our high school juniors and seniors. Our participants are exposed to careers within the health and wellness fields, such as nursing, nutritionist, public or community health worker, social work, wellness coach, life coach and more.
Our curriculum is aligned to the Illinois State Board of Education K-12 Social Emotional Learning Standards (ISBE Standards Based).
Our program enhances efforts to promote self-love and increase self-esteem.
Our program provides support and tools to help girls discover coping skills to better deal with trauma, manage stress, and life changes
Our programs encourage girls to make healthy lifestyle choices
Did You Know?
Research has shown black females, grades 9-12, were 60 percent more likely to attempt suicide in 2019, as compared to non-Hispanic white females of the same age. About 10 percent of the girls experienced a relationship crisis before the suicide and nearly 20 percent had an argument within 24 hours of their death. JAMA Network June 14, 2021. Temporal Trends in Suicidal Ideation and Attempts Among US Adolescents by Sex and Race/Ethnicity, 1991-2019 | Adolescent Medicine | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network
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 internship opportunities, job readiness workshops, team building sessions, and community service-learning hours.