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The International Day of the Girl: Go Girls!

BBBST Go Girls! 2012_web On December 19, 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl—in recognition of the unique challenges girls face around the world. This is a day to highlight, discuss, celebrate and advance the lives and opportunities of girls in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) celebrates this day—every day—through our Go Girls! curriculum-based group mentoring program, which runs in schools across the city. Go Girls! mentors are role models who instill the importance of a self-led healthy active lifestyle by offering mentorship that focuses on physical activity, healthy eating, wellness, and being safe.

“There are many things that we discuss in the Go Girls! program,” says Sarah Ubbi, Go Girls! Coordinator at BBBST. “We touch upon a vast number of topics, from self-esteem, body image, and self-respect to healthy relationships, recognizing one’s strengths, and appreciating difference amongst individuals.”

She goes on to explain what happened during a recent Go Girls! session. “The girls and myself touched upon a topic of concern. We addressed the idea that girls need to dress and look a certain way in order for them to develop relationships with boys. We then talked about the effects of media on young people and came to the conclusion that even though the media represents what is ‘popular’ we need to focus on what makes us happy, what represents us as individuals, and how WE want to represent ourselves.”

The results of Go Girls! has been incredible. In 2012, Go Girls! impacted the lives of 269 girls, ages 10 to 14 in Toronto. By engaging in weekly mentoring sessions with other girls during the lunch hour or after school, young people’s confidence and self-esteem improves, and they learn more about the impact of good nutrition and exercise. Many school liaisons have noticed a difference in the participants’ behaviour, reporting that students more actively participate in sports at recess and during physical activity lessons, and are more socially integrated.

Go Girls! gives girls the courage to make tough decisions, the self-esteem to make smart choices and the confidence to be true to themselves.



     If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Go Girls! mentoring program, we welcome your questions. You can apply now or contact us.



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