There’s No Such Thing As Good Hair: African-American Girls and Self-Esteem
Cassandra Mack, MSW is the founder of Strategies for Empowered Living Inc., a New York based human development company that offers workshops, keynotes, consultation services and products designed to help people succeed and grow. Cassandra comes to you with more than a decade of experience as a trainer, manager and curriculum developer. Some of the organizations she has worked with include: The Support Center for Nonprofit Management, TIAA-Cref, CSEA, Kean University, Xerox, JP Morgan Chase, National Resource Center for Youth Services, Urban Leadership Institute, The Day Care Council of New York and the Archdiocese Drug Prevention Program. For more information about our company or your seminar leader, please visit our company
Excerpt for Strategies Seminar
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)
New York, United States
Study after study show that as girls enter puberty their self-esteem plummets. This is due to many factors including: greater emphasis is placed on fitting in with peers, increased marketing of beauty and fashion products aimed at the teen and tween market that tells them that they need to change something about themselves to be pretty and popular and a preoccupation with getting attention from boys…to name a few.
For African-American girls there are additional layers of complexity added to the already complex issue of self-esteem such as: the myth of good hair, the issue of being invisible and exploited at the same time within popular music, magazines and other forms of media, the cycle of preference based on skin color as well as the often unspoken dynamic of African-American mothers loving their sons while raising their daughters. In this workshop, led by Cassandra Mack, national girls empowerment expert and author of the best-selling book, “Cool, Confident and Strong: 52 Power Moves for Girls,” participants will explore the issue of self-esteem as it relates to African-American adolescent girls. Activities, interaction and group discussion will focus on strategies that service providers can use in their daily work to help African-American adolescent girls build high self-esteem and inner resilience.