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To be listed in this category, an organization must focus on the root issues of self-esteem and confidence. For example, some might consider sports to be an empowering activity for girls, but a sports organization is only indirectly addressing this issue; it is not directly addressing the root issues of self-esteem and confidence. However, an organization could specialize in sports-related solutions yet still bring attention to and educate the community about the root problems of self-esteem and confidence; that organization might be appropriate for this category.
In a study of adolescents by the American Association of University Women, the number of girls who strongly agree with the statement "I like most things about myself" drops 31 points between elementary and high school. The specific areas in which girls lose confidence are varied, especially body image, academic ability, and leadership ability. This category lists organizations that aim to encourage healthy self-esteem and confidence in girls.
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.
Voices for America’s Children is a nonpartisan, national organization committed to speaking out for the well-being of children at the federal, state and local levels of government. Since 1984, Voices has supported child advocates nationwide who have achieved public policy victories for children in early education, health, juvenile justice, child welfare, tax and budget decisions and other areas.
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