LOVE Will be sending our high school ladies to Especially Me. In addition, we want to make sure every young lady in our program this school year gets a LOVE shirt as well. You can help by sponsoring a student to Especially Me, sponsoring the purchase of a shirt or both.
WE’VE PARTNERED WITH
Denver Green School, Northfield High, Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, Vista Peak Exploratory, Vista Peak Preparatory, Thomas Jefferson High
LADIES OF VALUE WOULD LIKE TO COME TO YOUR…
School • Conference • Group Home
Or anywhere we may be of assistance in the guiding of young girls.
It is easy to internalize the negative comments that we as people hear about ourselves. It is just as easy to allow those things to clutter our thoughts. When we look at ourselves instead of seeing what is really in front of us, our vision can be blurred by our negative thoughts. In these photos we are wearing a pair of glasses that have been stained with the negativity our young girls are fed with every day. They block our view and make it difficult to see who we really are. Ladies Of ValuE is determined to help these young ladies keep a clean lens.
WHO WE ARE
Ladies Of ValuE (LOVE) is an organization transitioning young girls, target age 11-18, into womanhood with their heads held high and their self-esteem higher.
WHY WE DO IT
Over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks. Brighten someone’s day by posting encouraging messages on your school’s bathroom mirrors. (1)
75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating. (2)
7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members. (3)
1 “Brands in Action: Dove.” Unilever USA. Accessed March 3, 2014.
2 PR Newswire Association LLC. . “New National Report Reveals the High Price of Low Self-Esteem.” Dove Self-Esteem Fund. Assessed March 2, 2014.
3 Shapiro, Hannah. “Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty boosts girls’ self-esteem for Back to School.” Examiner.com. Accessed March 3, 2014.
FROM THE GIRLS
"My name is Brooklynn York and I am a senior in high school. I have been a member of Ladies of Value since the very first meeting at Thomas Jefferson High School. Ladies of Value has taught me several ways I can apply love in my life and in the correct ways at that. Ladies of Value taught me how love impacts an individual mentally, physically, and spiritually. Being in high school it is easy to get caught up in the world around you. Ladies of Value has reassured me that self control can make or break a person. Ladies of Value has taught me the possible ramifications of appearance. Ladies of Value has taught me the vitality of managing my finances. Ladies of Value has taught me the beauty of confidence. Ladies of Value has taught me how and why I should love myself and if you do love yourself...love those around you as well."Brooklynn York Brooklynn Graduated from Thomas Jefferson and will run track on a full ride scholarship at Chadron State this fall!
WHO IS BEHIND LOVE
My name is Anette Bowser. Everything I do revolves around youth. I grew up as an “at risk youth” and a “bad kid.” I owned both titles very well! As a growing girl I made very bad choices for my life that I ended up having to pay for as an adult woman. I suffered from low self-esteem, depression and lead an inconsistent life style. A lot of the things I went through were due to lack of guidance and structure in my life. LOVE was created so that young girls could have a chance to grow up into successful well round women without having to take the rough path that I did to get there. I want any girl who goes through the LOVE program to know that what they are looking for starts with their love for self and they have so much to offer the world beyond what the eye can see. At sixteen I started working at a summer program, Breakthrough at Kent Denver, geared to molding potential teachers by having high school and college students teach and mentor middle school students. I worked there for 4 years. I also spent time in a behavior treatment facility for all girls as a direct care counselor where I was responsible for the girls’ well-being as well as helping them change their lives for the better. I have worked with several after school programs, summer camps and done tutoring as volunteer work. My sole mission is to positively affect as many young lives as possible!
My name is Natasha Vasquez, a mother of two. My heart has always been drawn toward youth, young women in particular. At the age of 12 I started caring for the younger girls in the neighborhood. You could always find the little ones at my house jumping rope, playing barbies or just chatting on the porch. During that time the area I grew up in was rough and I felt the need to show the younger girls that there was a better way than drugs, gangs, and prostitution. At the age or 16 I became a summer camp counselor at what was then Cole Middle School. Being able to have that experience gave me an even deeper desire to help young women to change their mindsets and to begin to understand the greatness that lies within each and every one of us. Throughout the years I have made numerous connections with young women looking for guidance and still keep in touch with them being the voice of reason as well as a listening ear. My goal is to help young ladies learn and understand the incredible value and tremendous potential that lies within them and to do whatever it takes to bring it out. I want young women to know they don’t have to succumb to the pressures of society because they are fully capable of following their own path.
Are you ready to help out?
Look & See
Ladies of Value runs a topic based program in a classroom setting.
- What is love – What is Self-love
- Self-Image – Perception
- Self-Image – Self presentation, presenting self accurately/dress
- Value/Worth, Phenomenal Woman
- Social Life – Relationships, friendship/family – Social Media
- Words/Social Media
- Dating – Group dating, public (2parts)
- Home Economics
- Health and Wellness
A lady of value cares about her community. The last four holiday seasons LOVE has hosted a sock and glove drive that was able to service over 400 people in need within downtown Denver!
LOVE is a Resource. What this means is you can go to any Ladies Of ValuE leader to seek help or be pointed in the right direction.
See the contact us section.
House Behind the Road Food Bank and Resource Center – 3420 Franklin St. Denver, CO 80205 – (303) 293-8995
Denver Urban Ministries
1717 E Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80218
Also provides employment services and utility assistance.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, do not take it lightly. Reach out for help immediately or call this hotline anonymously.
PO Box 31635
Aurora, CO 80041