Girl Power. We hear about it a lot, but do we really know what it means? TedX Speaker, Amazon Best-Selling Author, and President of Girls Above Society, Lauren Galley, came to speak to our teens about exactly what it means to have girl power. Lauren is an empowering 20-year-old who travels the U.S. talking to teens about body image, leadership skills, and self-confidence.
During her time here in Massillon, Lauren spoke to girls about battling the pressures of a media driven society. Teen girls and parents gathered on the evening of October 8, as she spoke on this topic.
Lauren also spent two days with the SWAG (students With A Goal) class at Massillon Junior High speaking on such topics and doing activities related to learning more about self-worth. During her time with the SWAG class, Lauren had the girls make glitter lotion. The lotion came together in three steps. The girls started with plain lotion. The plain lotion was to represent society if everyone was the same. The girls then added glitter to the lotion. The glitter was to represent what was unique about everyone. Lastly, they added scent to the glitter lotion. Lauren explained that the scent was to represent the ways they will spread their uniqueness. When the girls were finished creating their glitter lotion, Lauren had them write the quality they love most about themselves on the lid. Every time they use their lotion, they are going to ask themselves how they can further improve on their favorite qualities.
“My favorite part about what I do is seeing the light bulb go off in the girls heads’,” Lauren said. “You can see it in their faces when they grasp the message I am trying to get across.”