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Ideas on Reaching Teen Girls

by Nadia Haris , studioD

The adolescent years are a time of change, growth and intellectual development for teenagers. Many teen girls face pressures and issues they may not be prepared to cope with in a healthy manner. Youth groups and seminars offer education, support and guidance in how to discuss and deal with issues that are important to them.

Book Clubs

Many teenage girls will enjoy reading and discussing classic literature by authors such as Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters. They may also relate to the lives and quests of these women and their characters. Teens can watch the film adaptations or read excerpts of the book together to help promote discussion on themes in the books such as social class, feminism, gender relations, marriage and family issues.

Innovation Seminars

Women are vastly outnumbered in jobs related to the STEM subjects -- science, technology, engineering and math. The Girl Scouts notes that it is important to reach out to teen girls and educate them about the need for women in these industries. Encourage teenage girls to consider these career paths by discussing how these subjects are important for innovation. Invite women who are pioneers, leaders and promoters of these sciences to speak to teenage girls at a seminar. Discuss topics such as why learning to code is important and why the world needs new and better ways to educate, safeguard the environment, promote healthcare and carry out e-commerce.

Support Groups

Teen girls grapple with more than their share of body image issues due to the vast number of media messages they are subjected to every day. This can lead to issues such as low-self esteem, depression and anxiety. The National Eating Disorders Association estimates that more than 5 million girls and women have eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Support groups give teenage girls a safe and confidential place to discuss these issues and receive professional guidance on how to best deal with them. Invite counselors, doctors and other guest speakers to talk to the girls as a group and provide one-on-one counseling sessions if needed.

Socio-Political Discussions

As teen girls become more aware of the world and their own communities, they may have many questions about social and political issues. These include equal pay and education for women, the sexualization of women and gender discrimination in the workplace. Groups and seminars that promote informative discussion on these topics helps girls feel more in control and better informed of the issues. This type of education can help teenage girls learn the best ways to impact real change.

About the Author

Nadia Haris is a registered radiation therapist who has been writing about nutrition for more than six years. She is completing her Master of Science in nutrition with a focus on the dietary needs of oncology patients.

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