Let her know she is valued. Let her voice be heard.
Why? Because so many teen girls in Montgomery County feel invisible.
- They feel unseen.
- They feel unvalued.
- They feel unheard.
- They feel judged.
What you can do.
Adults must do more. Here’s what Crittenton girls say: It starts off with being N.I.C.E.
Notice her. Pay attention. Strike up a conversation about small things: her schoolbooks, her handbag. No matter how small, a genuine compliment is a great way to get things started.
Interact. Say “Hi!” A simple greeting can make her day. Put yourself in her shoes. She needs to know that there are adults who value her.
Connect with her. Listen. Tune in to what she is saying to you, and respond thoughtfully. Your attention is worth far more than you know.
Every day, wherever you are, be aware of and responsive to teen girls.
Take a moment to be N.I.C.E. every day. Connect with a teen girl. Listen without judgment. Show her respect, and you can’t go wrong. You will be amazed at how smart and strong teen girls are.
Join us and learn what you can do to make a difference in the lives of teen girls.On February 22, 2012, Crittenton launched "Talk with a Teen Girl Today." During the event, girls from the SNEAKERS program shared findings from a survey they developed and shared wtih their peers. Moderated by NBC4 Pat Lawson Muse, teen girls on the panel led a conversation in which they highlited their challenges and concerns today. Below is a snapshot of the results and the biggest issues they face in the County today.
Very big problem and somewhat of a problem:
1.Teachers not caring about you - 49%
2. Not being able to eat healthy at school – 69%
3. Being labeled or put down because of your race/ethnicity or color – 41%
4. Teen dating violence – 39%
5. Violence at home – 30%
6. Getting pregnant before graduating from High School – 59%
7. Getting Sexually Transmitted Infections or HIV – 48%
8. Being considered unattractive unless you look like a supermodel – 54%
9. Not being valued by adults – 50%
10. Not being listened to by adults at home – 56%
11. Fights among young people – 61%
12. Being frightened at school or on the street – 39%
13. Being thought of as a sexual object – 52%
14. Teachers or counselors thinking you are going to be a failure – 39%15. Not having anyone to care what happens to you – 43%
- Girls surveyed were between the ages of 13-19 years old
- Girls surveyed from all over Montgomery County, including Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Bethesda, Montgomery Village and small towns such as Boyds and Laytonsville.
- Girls ethnicity included: Latina or Hispanic (43.7%), Black or African American (29.6%), African (5.6%), Multiracia (7%), White or Caucasian (18.3%), Asian (4.2%), and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (2.8%)