Monday, April 8, 2013

Girls are not always made of sugar and spice. And everything nice...

            Bullying has been an issue in schools probably since schools began. But in today’s modern world, childish playground bullying isn’t the big issue anymore, girl to girl bullying is. Coming from a teenage girl, there is something to be said for this type of girl to girl conflict.  

Any girl can attest to it: that stare from across the room, that whisper at a party, that rumor that came out of thin air.

This type of bullying has received a lot of media attention over the last few years due to the increasing violence of this type of bullying, some cases involving YouTube videos of girls beating up other girls and even highly-publicized suicides.
            Two college graduates decided to make a change to this. Molly and Lauren, both having dealt with their share of girl drama and bullying in both Middle and High School created the “Kind Campaign.” Not aware of the impact they would make on the entire nation, they set out on a roadtrip across America documenting the conversations they encountered with groups of girls in schools, their homes, and personal stories. They developed a documentary based on their first roadtrip (they have had two more since the documentary came out) and make appearances showing it to groups all around America and even Canada. In addition to all of this, they have come up with a  
curriculum centered around realizing the ways we have hurt others and allowing a time and space for apologies and revelations to take place.
            Having gone to one of the showings of their documentary “Finding Kind,” I can honestly say it is amazing what Molly and Lauren have started. They have drawn attention to something every single girl experiences in school, something so simple, and made real progress changing this in schools across America. The film made me truly realize we must be more conscious of how we treat others, and several of my friends who also went were able to restore friendships and re-evaluate the conflicts they have had. The emotional nature of the film deeply touched many in the group I went. Several shared their personal stories to the large group. At the very end, Lauren and Molly themselves made an appearance and lead a discussion. They were two of the most genuine and good-willed people I have ever had the fortune of meeting, and it is apparent they love what they do and will continue to do it for a long time.
            If “FindingKind” is being shown anywhere near you I highly encourage you to check it out!

Here are some other resources that focus on female friendships, leadership, and empowerment for young girls and women.

YWCA- Girls First
The mission of YWCA GirlsFirstSM is to encourage leadership, instill confidence, develop skills, and provide opportunities to girls of color.

Contact:  Sumayya Diop at 206.568.7855 or;

Powerful Voices
Powerful Voices fosters adolescent girls' development by providing programs and promoting
social justice so girls can realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a better world.

Also, Girlvoluntion is coming up this weekend, April 13 from 9:30am to 3pm. Check out their facebook page to find out more:

Contact: (206)860-1026 or;

Young Women on the Rise

 In this seven-month creative leadership program, young women will gain the skills and confidence to make a difference in their schools and communities. The program is based on the premise that our world needs the energy and creativity of young people. Through Young Women on the Rise participants will uncover their leadership potential and move to action.

Contact: Michelle at 206-938-6090 or;


Also, if you are having trouble with bullying or issues with a friend and you just want to talk to someone about it Teen link is open every night from 6-10pm.
(866) TEENLINK (833-6546) or (206)461-4922

Or visit our website to use our online chat service at  WWW.866TEENLINK.ORG

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