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A Foundation encourages self confidence and positive body image

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Back to school is more than just back to the books for some kids;  it means back to social pressures and worrying about the fall fashion.

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The Believe in Yourself Project is providing new back to school clothing to girls around the country.

“Each back to school season, there is so much pressure on young girls to stay in style, with very little consideration for the reality that many girls from low-income families cannot afford new clothes,”  said Sam Sisakhti, founder. “Their resulting embarrassment can inhibit their ability to attend social and extracurricular actives, causing them to miss out on important milestones and further lowering their self confidence.”

Believe in Yourself is a foundation launched in January 2017 that provides brand-new, never-worn dresses to low-income girls around the country, while at the same time works to promote positive body image, to reduce cyber bullying, and to inspire girls to believe in themselves and their dreams.

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Clothing donations are tied to the girls’ progress in achieving goals.

Each girl who wants to receive a dress is entered into a system where they are then tracked to see their progress, whether towards improving their academics or pursuing an extracurricular interest such as music, dance, sports, etc. and Believe in Yourself provides the girls dresses for any upcoming events they have during the school year.

Believe in Yourself is part of a broader initiative. The charity brings in Mentors and speakers to motivate the girls to believe in themselves. These mentors also provide tips if the girls are experiencing a negative body image or bullying of any kind, and they counsel the girls to help them achieve their dreams and goals.

to find out more go to, www.believeinyourself.org

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