Girls given help to over­come chal­lenges

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

JOR­DYN Hul­let’s (15) mis­sion to help girls feel em­pow­ered and in­spired has been branded a suc­cess af­ter 500 peo­ple at­tended her first Girls Health and Well­be­ing Expo at the Guild­ford Town Hall.

The free event fea­tured a range of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses which pro­vide ser­vices to ado­les­cent girls and in­cluded a key­note speech from Aus­tralian of the Year Fiona Wood.

The He­lena Col­lege stu­dent, who is do­ing the project as part of her In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate per­sonal project, said she chose to do the expo to help young women nav­i­gate the chal­lenges of mod­ern so­ci­ety.

“An in­creas­ing num­ber of teenage girls are suf­fer­ing with men­tal health prob­lems and are feel­ing more and more dis­con­nected from them­selves, their fam­i­lies, each other and their com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“I hope to cre­ate some­thing that will in­spire and em­power to­day’s young women – by en­cour­ag­ing them to be con­fi­dent in their abil­i­ties, to be kind, to stand to­gether united and to ask for help and sup­port from each other.” The City of Swan pro­vided fi­nan­cial sup­port un­der its What Say Youth grants pro­gram, which sup­ports young peo­ple in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to in­crease lead­er­ship, par­tic­i­pa­tion, skill de­vel­op­ment and the aware­ness of young peo­ple’s needs and per­spec­tives.

Swan Mayor David Lu­cas said the event demon­strated ex­cep­tional youth lead­er­ship.

"Young peo­ple are the driv­ers of change in our world and I am proud the City could help em­power Jor­dyn in this process," he said.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s lat­est re­search showed cop­ing with stress, body im­age and de­pres­sion were the main wor­ries for teens, who also iden­ti­fied men­tal health as a key bar­rier to achiev­ing their goals, along with aca­demic abil­ity and fi­nan­cial difficulty.

Fiona Wood with expo or­gan­iser Jor­dyn Hul­let.

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