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Girls empowered at #BEYOU event

MORE than 100 girls from Merseyside schools gathered at Anfield Stadium for a special ‘#BeYou’ celebration just ahead of the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl, which raises awareness of the obstacles that girls face and celebrates their achievements.

Delivered with funding and support from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a Times Top 50 Best Company for Women, ‘#BeYou’ is a nationwide roadshow featuring talks and workshops designed to further equip young women to ‘be bold; be brave; be heard – be you!’.

The event marked the end of the attendees’ year-long mentoring journey delivered through The Girls’ Network and gave them the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers talk about careers and motivation, to network with local businesses and other young women, and to gain new skills.

The Girls’ Network is an award-winning national charity that supports young women aged 14-19 by pairing them with a mentor and delivering a programme of events and activities to build their confidence and life-skills.

With many young girls reporting feelings of low self-esteem, lack of confidence and a pressure to fit in, The Girls’ Network mentoring helps them feel happier, more confident and positive about the future. On completing their 12-month mentoring girls can join the Ambassadors’ Community: a lifelong network of young women with access to work experience, workshops, and events that can up-skill them and help enhance their futures.

Merseyside influencer and choreographer Alyx Steele who has worked with Rihanna and Pink, as well as on ITV’s X-Factor and The Brit Awards, opened the event and took part in a Q&A with young women who have been supported by the charity.

Other speakers included Winnie Ogwang, CEO of youth community consultancy Living Proof, led a workshop on how to be assertive, and body confidence coach Nicola Chan delivered a self-defence skills session.

Alyx Steele said: “It is so exciting to be part of empowering young women. I am so proud of these girls for facing up to the challenges of growing up today with help from The Girls’ Network and their mentors. We can all achieve our goals and our dreams if we support one another.”

The Girls’ Network CEO and co-founder, Charly Young added: “Our Anfield event encouraged young women to ‘be bold, be brave, be heard’ – things that we celebrate in our mentoring and Ambassador Community. Our network offers girls and young women many role models and opportunities to achieve their ambitions. Thanks to the generous support of Enterprise, we can support many more young women to discover their skills, be confident and shape their future.”


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