International Women’s Day 2019: Fourth Grade Girls On What They’re Made Of, The Biggest Challenges Facing Young Women Today

Communities In Schools of Central Texas Program Manager Jordan Chaplik works in Zavala Elementary School in Austin, Texas, where she leads the Zavala 4th Grade Girls Empowerment Group. Jordan asked the young ladies in her group to talk about what they’re made of and what they think are the greatest challenges young women face today in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019. Read Jordan’s blog post reflecting on the need for and impact of groups like hers here .

“I am made of confusion, sadness, and happiness. I love animals, family, and friends, and I’m passionate about ending animal cruelty. I think the biggest challenges facing young girls today are abuse, young pregnancy, and bullying.” Yaniecia, 10
“I am made of feelings and I love unicorns. I think bullying is the biggest challenge facing young girls today.” Lorne, 9
“I’m made of my family, animals, happiness, glitter, the world, stars, and sometimes awkwardness. I love my friends, teacher, and family. I think bullying, family, and school can all be challenges for young girls today.” Sylvia, 10
“I am made of happiness, and I’m passionate about my friends and family. I think the biggest challenge facing young girls today is bullying.” Stefanie, 9
“I love grey wolves and I’m made of happiness. I love Miss Jordan! I think feeling mad, bullying, and drugs are the biggest challenges facing young women today.” Genesis, 10
Sylvia, Genesis, Lorne, Stefanie, and Yaniecia with their group leader, program manager Jordan Chaplik.

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