It’s easy to look around and see the culture that is saturating society today. Even walking through the grocery store, magazine headlines are screaming out to very young girls that they have to look or act a certain way to be beautiful, that confidence comes from outer beauty, wealth and fame and that acceptance is something to be achieved no matter the cost. Advertisers are targeting girls at a younger age, spending millions of their advertising dollars trying to convince girls that they “need” what they’re selling to be worthy of being loved. These messages are deceitful and damaging the youth of today.
Young girls need parents and mentors to speak biblical truth into their lives. Bloom! provides biblically sound guidance in addressing these social challenges through fun and interactive activities, while establishing strong friendships and Christian influences to walk with them during these tumultuous and formative years. We want them to genuinely believe that they are “remarkably and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a).
Interested in some staggering statistics?
- In 2006, Good Housekeeping reported that 80% of ten year old girls have been on a diet and 34% of tweens said they’ve cut back on their eating without telling Mom. Good Housekeeping, August 1, 2006.
- $1.6 million spent by Abercrombie and Fitch on thong underwear for girls ages seven to twelve. source
- 11% of young teen girls ages 13-16 and 22% of all teen girls have “sexted” nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves. source
“I love the positive changes I’ve seen in my daughter . . . she seems more confident in her choices and sure of herself.” – Heather Avery
Bloom! has been the most inspiring experience in my life. I have grown much closer to God because of this. All of the lessons on self-acceptance and loving yourself have stayed with me, and help me love myself even when I am upset. When I am having a rough day I turn to all of the lessons that Bloom! has taught me to realize that I’ll be okay, God will get me through this.” – Gabriella, Bloom! Alumnus