Building Self-Confidence Among Syrian Teens

A group of teenagers walked into the Edmonton Public Library and greeted each other with a lot of excitement. It was an excitable group. There was a lot of chatter, laughter and still a little shyness. This wasn’t an ordinary group of teenagers, however, this was a group of children that arrived from Syria as refugees just a few months ago. They were speaking Arabic to one another, with some of the girls wearing hijab and greeted one another in customary fashion.   This was the second time they were meeting to work with Empowered Me, as part of…

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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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