Adolescence is a critical time period for developing healthy habits, especially for girls. By the age of 14, girls throughout the globe report lower levels of physical activity, higher rates of depression and anxiety, and lower levels of self-esteem and self-confidence. However, if you look at global research, significant social, emotional, and physical barriers disproportionately affect girls more than boys. In 2016, Girls Get Strong was founded at Cairo American College by physical education teacher Becky Riddle to empower female students to be more healthy. It has grown into a program that brings together positive and inspiring community members to empower girls in all aspects of their lives.
Girls Get Strong is a collaborative, educational, and hands-on program that unites school and community members. It is designed to support the development of girls’ physical, emotional, and social well-being. Through their program, Girls Get Strong strives to increase collaboration between community members, parents, students, and teachers to empower girls.
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Girls Get Strong hosts an annual health and wellbeing conference that draws upon the abundant resources within our communities to inspire girls to be socially, emotionally, and physically healthy. Experts in health, fitness, and athletics are joined by teachers, parents, and students, to lead workshops and fitness-based activities. The Girls Get Strong program creates a space where girls and women of all ages within the community are able to advocate for what they believe is necessary for female students to succeed. We hope that Girls Get Strong grows into a global model that school communities implement to address gender inequity.