As part of our Pretty Polly Centenary year we’re supporting Girls Out Loud, a multi-award winning, not for profit, social enterprise on a mission to change the landscape for teenage girls in the UK. Alongside championing teenage girls, Girls Out Loud create and deliver intervention programmes in schools focussed on embedding confidence, emotional resilience and self-esteem, which in turn creates more aspirational and self-assured young women. At the heart of all their work is to introduce the girls to real role models; successful women who are confident and comfortable in their own skin, and committed to supporting and inspiring the next generation by sharing their stories and time.
To help out with this ‘Big Sister’ programme, our Product and Marketing Manager, Caroline, has put her name forward on behalf of Pretty Polly to be accepted as a Big Sister on the programme that is running at Middleton Technology School starting next month.
In order to become a Big Sister Caroline is currently undergoing a series of training courses in order to provide the best possible support too her ‘Little Sister’. ‘I did a day of training for this at the weekend with about twenty other incredible women. It was an emotional day – the training from Jane, who runs Girls Out Loud, was fantastic and I learnt so much, but the statistics are horrific, and some of the videos are very harrowing to watch. One in four girls will self harm before they leave secondary school and teen girl suicides have tripled in the last 12 months. There are so many pressures on teenage girls now resulting in a huge increase in mental health issues which are only just starting to be talked about.’
Caroline has one more training session left to complete and then later this month she will be matched with a Little Sister and the mentoring program will start. Caroline said, ‘I am really excited to meet her (and a little bit nervous!), but the rest of the Pretty Polly team know that she’ll be a wonderful role model and wish her the best of luck!
Follow us and Caroline on her journey and as we discover more about this charity and the reasons why mentoring programs such as these are so vitally important in today’s modern world.