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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Local Project aims to Empower Young Women

Sara Escobar

Evening Star 

This Saturday, July 29, there will be an event at the Killeen Mall promoting self-esteem building and tips on healthcare for women and girls aged eight through 17. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is hosted by “Girl’s Rock!”, a Bell County Public Health District project. Back to school immunization schedules will also be provided, and the first 60 girls to attend will receive a free t-shirt. The Health District’s mission is “to promote healthy lifestyles in the communities served through education, service, and leadership; to prevent disease and protect the public’s health, and to serve as professionals dedicated to public health service.”

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Volunteers and employees at the Bell County Public Health District work at various booths during a “Girl’s Rock” event at the Killeen Mall that help promote self-confidence building as well as information on health care.

Nina Cobb, a coordinator of outreach education for the BCPHD and a co-founder of Girl’s Rock, says this is a powerful initiative six years in the making. “We simply wanted to try to empower young women in self-esteem building activities, as well as provide information and resources about numerous things that young girls are often too shy or too embarrassed to discuss.” Cobb also says Girl’s Rock began as a partnership between Scott and White and a few other agencies, but once it became extensive, a more independent organization began to take root. “We love the companies that helped us foster this strong sense of encouragement and self-care for all the women and young ladies in the area.”

According to Cobb, there will be various activities available at the mall this Saturday. One exercise will include drawing yourself in the mirror, to examine your perception of yourself and the perception of those around you. Other services will be available as well as information on family planning. “Our primary goal is to encourage young women to abstain from unhealthy behavior. That’s not just saying no to sex, it’s saying no to peer pressure, or alcohol, or drugs. Anything that can break a young girl’s self confidence. Not only that, but we strive to provide an environment where women can freely ask questions. We aspire to be trustworthy, discreet and accepting of all women.”

According to heartofleadership.org, seven in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends. At such an important juncture in a young girl’s life, it is important for them to see empowerment, courage, and authenticity in themselves and those around them.

When asked what the future would hold for Girl’s Rock, Cobb replied, “The sky’s the limit. Sometimes, it’s not about the masses. We care about the young ladies who come to us, and as long as we can truly help one person, that’s enough for me.”

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