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The Board Members of 2012 Young Women’s Network with “Auntie  Kimberly” (Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, Former CEO, YWCA of O‘ahu), “Auntie Noriko” (Noriko Namiki, Interim CEO, YWCA of O‘ahu), and “Auntie Marcie” (Marcie Uehara Herring,  Director of Young Women’s Programs)
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the researched
According to "Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem" commissioned in June 2008 by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, the majority of girls (70%) feel they do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships. When girls feel insecure, they are three times more likely (75% of girls) to participate in dangerous behaviors such as eating disorder, cutting, bullying, smoking or drinking compared to 25% of girls with high self-esteem.

The 1997 Report of Hawai‘i Girls Project Sampled girls in Hawai‘i private schools and found that a staggering 31% have run away from home. About 40% of these girls have suffered sexual and/or physical abuse, primarily from family members. Half of the youth have also witnessed someone else being abused physically or sexually.
young women's network

The YWCA of O’ahu recognizes that at the heart of leadership is the ability to develop trusting and caring relationships that are the foundation of community building and servant-leadership. To cultivate and support the next generation of leaders, the YWCA of O’ahu has launched the Young Women's Network, which provides opportunities for high school girls to network with women leaders, advance their leadership potential and advocate for women-friendly policies in a culturally appropriate way.

the board
The Yong Women's Network Board is selected from local high school juniors and seniors. To nurture young leaders who can think critically, honor the cultural heritage of our island home, and settle differences peacefully, the board will participate in a Girls Circle that utilizes the Swim With Your Current curriculum. These research-based programs honor the inherent strengths and well-being of girls. The topics covered by the YWCA's program include personal branding, public speaking and event planning. The board will also apply the relationship building, goal-setting and communication skills.

YWCA Young Women's Network program is recruiting board of directors for term 2013-2014

the network
Recruited and organized by the Board which is comprised of local high school girls (grade 9 - 12) and its curriculum also utilizes the Girls Circle, described as a 'promising approach' in the Model Programs Guide of the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Girls Circle approach is used throughout the nation to help girls hold on to their voices, stay true to themselves, enhance critical thinking skills, and counter trends toward self-doubt. The Swim With Your Current curriculum for adolescent females is used, as it was developed specifically to celebrate the diverse culture and ethnic needs of girls in Hawai’i, and has been shown to increase social connection, positive experiences and life skills.

For further information please contact Aunty Marcie at
phone: (808) 256-8472
e-mail: mherring@ywcaoahu.org


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