Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) - UAMS students are working to empower and educate young girls.
The student-created “Confidence Project” offers a talk-back environment where girls ages 10-18 learn about nutrition, emotional wellness, social intelligence and more.
Moms at today’s session said they’re happy to know they're daughters are getting a head start
“It's better to know when you're younger than when you're older, confused and don't really know,” said Brendyn Keith.
She and others in attendance got an extra dose of self-worth, knowledge and confidence today.
“We really believe that every girl has a unique quality that makes her special. We really like to focus on that and bring that out in them,” Sarah Martin said, Co-Creator of the program and a student at UAMS.
The Confidence Project was created to bring awareness to issues often addressed later on in a girl's life.
“Most of the time if I don't know about it I just look it up. But this is a better way for understanding because sometimes I have to keep looking up words I don’t know,” said Taylor Giles.
UAMS students take participants through a one-day class and discuss topics like physical education and mental health. Moms can also attend as they often learn new things as well.
“We talk about vaccinations that are important for females in particular. We also talk about sex education and birth control. It can be a scary topic so we give a parent's guide so the moms can read about that,” Martin said.
She enjoys empowering young girls through education.
“By teaching these things, we're giving them a foundation to build upon as they grow up so they can have the knowledge base they need moving forward in life,” added Martin.
The program also begins to tackle topics like women's health and puberty.
"I really didn't understand it at first; I didn't understand the word but now I do,” said Kaitlyn Shivers.
This was the first session hosted at the 12th Street Health and Wellness Center.
The center is a free clinic run by students under faculty supervision. They provide preventative services and screenings for residents in the area.