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Free Conference to Teach Young Girls How to Handle Middle School Pressures

Inspiring 4th - and 5th-grade girls to be strong and confident to prepare for middle school peer pressure is the focus of the Shine On! Shine True – Strong You! Conference from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Clinton Community College.

In partnership with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College have joined forces to involve girls in three hands-on workshops educating them about media misconceptions regarding beauty and perfection and to teach girls how to be confident with their own beauty.

The event will feature two exceptional young women speakers who are stand-outs at SUNY Plattsburgh and will share their own personal stories. In addition, Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center will conduct interactive team and communication-building activities that girls can apply to peer circles in middle school.  A healthy lunch and a smoothie bar will also be included. The conference is free and open to all girls in 4th and 5th grade.

“We want to provide the skills to teach young girls how to handle the peer pressure they will face when they enter middle school,” said Colleen Lemza, conference coordinator and an assistant professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. “Our hope is to create strong girls who are comfortable in their own bodies and not constantly comparing themselves to media images of perfection that are impossible to achieve.”

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