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Being a parent of a teen girl is hard work!  These can be difficult years for everyone involved, but I believe that young women can not only survive, but thrive in their teen years.  I developed SHINE to teach young women skills to cope in today’s culture. Our goal is to meet young women where they are and inspire them to know their worth, map out their paths and live lives of amazing impact. 

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Inspiring Gifts for teen girls

Stats about teen issues

74%of girls say they are under pressure to please everyone (Girls Inc, The Supergirl Dilemma)

98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way (National Report on Self Esteem)

92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest. (Dove campaign)

Approximately 30% of 8th graders have tried illicit drug.

About 3.6 million middle and high school students vape regularly.

1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis –  depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders.  On top of these, many more report being constantly anxious, sleep deprived, and under significant pressure. (The Triple Bind, Steven Hinshaw)

By age thirteen, 53% of American girls age 13 are “unhappy with their bodies.”  This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

39.5% of high school students reported being sexually active. 

Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

  • 1 out of 2 of teens state they have personally struggled with mental illness at some point (defined loosely as anything ranging from depression to more severe forms – see PDF download for full statistics).
  • 86% of teens say they know someone who suffers from a mental illness.
  • 46% of teenagers say they have “contemplated” suicide.
  • 70% of teens said that they only started smoking because of peer pressure
  • 30% of teens are afraid of being bullied or harassed at school or other groups/clubs to which they belong
  • 43.6% of teens are afraid of depression or suicide
  • 51% of teens are afraid of talking to their parents about personal problems.  
  • 40% of teens are afraid of peer pressure or not fitting in with people at school
  •  three-quarters of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 who saw their peers “partying” on social media were more likely to then do the same.
  • 60% of middle school students say that they have been bullied
  •  20% of high school students say they have seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months
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