Bullies Need Support, Too!

With Pink Shirt Day happening on February 22, a lot of emphasis is placed on bullying and those who are being bullied. It is no secret bullying is a big issue facing our kids – both online and off. Empowered Me, a local organization that inspires and empowers youth in schools, believes some consideration should be given to bullies themselves. Just recently, Lady Gaga was a victim of cyberbullying and body-shaming after her halftime performance at the 51st annual Super Bowl. Despite her incredible performance and talent, her body became an ugly undercurrent to the show with some taking to…

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Girls With A Purpose Workshop

This Self Esteem and Body Confidence workshop will discuss the three components of Self Esteem and also include tools that cover these topics: 1. Self awareness of her ability to create her own path 2.  Awareness and trusting her own instincts 3. Accountability in making her own decisions 4. Claiming your own strengths 5. Appreciating your powerful, natural and amazing body 6. Cyber bullying and bullying 7. Discussion on issues impacting our teens today February 18, 2017 12.00 pm to 3 pm @McCauley School 9538 107 Avenue For girls ages 13 – 16 Six week program Feb 18, March 4, 11,…

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Looking Towards An Empowered 2017!

2016 is drawing to a close and 2017 gives us hope for a better future. Or does it? Some people like to disagree but Empowered Me likes to think positively and look towards new possibilities.   A new year allows us all to start fresh, start anew. It gives us the power to look back at all the good things we’ve done in the year and then think about where we want to be in the coming year.    In 2016, we helped hundreds of kids feel better about themselves, empowered them to help others in their community as leaders and worked…

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Raising Confident Young Men in a Man’s World

Raising confident young men not as easy at it may seem  It might be a man’s world but boys sometimes need a little help in becoming strong, independent and self-confident, just as much as girls. Low self-esteem simply doesn’t discriminate based on gender. Boys are often not encouraged to discuss their feelings, as much as little girls, and may find it difficult to express how they feel about themselves or the situations affecting them.   Little boys are often praised for their physical attributes, instead of traits that really matter — intelligence, compassion and goodwill, for example. They are often not…

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Prince Charles Leadership Workshop

It was a rainy day but you would never have been able to tell by the smiling faces and bright-eyes on the children who walked into the Prince Charles School gymnasium earlier this month. These 9- and 10-year-olds were there to participate in the Empowered Me Leadership Program which helps facilitate self-discovery and allow them to evolve into leaders at their school. The program does this by building the students’ own self-confidence and self-esteem. Harriet Tinka began the session by setting a few ground rules and received everyone’s commitment to be part of the program. The students understood that they…

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Back to School Tips on Self Esteem

Bасk to ѕсhооl often means adapting to a new situation or environment for students it can mean that the first dау of kіndеrgаrtеn, junior or senior high school. Both parents and children could be in for changing routines with new рrеѕсhооlѕ or сhіld саrе ѕеttіngѕ; different bus stops and routes; new сlаѕѕrооmѕ and tеасhеrѕ. Successfully fitting into a new situation will build confidence in children. It will tеасh them to learn how to communicate with оthеr аdultѕ and сhіldrеn. Hеlріng сhіldrеn аdарt to new ѕіtuаtіоnѕ саn еаѕе раrеntѕ’ mіndѕ and give them a сhаnсе to bесоmе іnvоlvеd in thеіr…

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Tragedies Make us Resilient

Dalai Lama quantified that tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. Having been faced with a tragedy, I was naturally compelled to ask- why me? So I reverted to what many told me to do. That is, ‘Be Positive.’ I realized that this ‘Be Positive’ attitude which is widely broadcasted and is successful as well, is exactly what prevented me from staying knocked down and from getting knocked out. The utmost wonder in living exists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. At times, we don’t realize how strong we are until we are…

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Self Esteem and Healthy Relationships

Two Major Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem to Have a Better Relationship   Likely you may have heard that you have to love yourself in order to have a successful and loving relationship with someone else. But what does it mean to love yourself, and how do you achieve it? Self-love is a contemporary term that is related to understanding yourself, having confidence. This requires independence. The two methods below are tied and true to help you maintain the independence that is important to reconnect with yourself and gain self-esteem:   Take a Break: These might be dreaded words in…

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Self Esteem and Being Bald

I shaved my hair last month for a United Way fundraising event. Since then, the reaction has ranged from comical to interesting. Appearance and image is important to many of us and hair plays a vital role in this. Hair, especially long, flowing styles, are associated with vitality and youthfulness. Hairstyle can alter one’s looks either positively or negatively. To have one’s hair thin out can be a very difficult situation to deal with and impact the very essence of who we are and how we believe others will perceive us. Positive self-esteem together with confidence drive…

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15 Signs Your Child Is A Victim of Bullying

Bullying rates in Canada are two-thirds higher than other Western countries1. In over ninety percent of these situations, bullying could have been put to an end by an innocent bystander2. In today’s technology and connected environment, teenagers are more likely to pull out their cellphones than attempt to assist a fellow student that is being subject to bullying behavior. Parents need to stay educated and help guide their children on appropriate ways to deal with these difficult situations. Bullying can occur in many forms and situations. Cyber bulling takes place over the internet and often experienced by the child while…

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