Help­ing teens take on the world

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND WHAT WE LOVE - — Liz Mellino

It can def­i­nitely be tough grow­ing up in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

With an in­creased in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia pres­ence, peo­ple are reg­u­larly ex­posed to a some­what false sense of re­al­ity por­trayed by peo­ple on­line.

Pair this with the ev­ery­day strug­gles of be­ing a teenager, you can be left feel­ing quite over­whelmed.

Af­ter in­ter­view­ing a num­ber of teenagers this week, I was left rem­i­nisc­ing on my own time as a young­ster.

While I re­mem­ber there were some tough times with friends, body im­age and men­tal health, for the most part it was an easy and care­free time of my life. Look­ing back, I think I was quite lucky to grow up when I did. Dur­ing this time the in­ter­net did not have such a huge im­pact on peo­ple’s lives and cer­tain so­cial me­dia sites were just start­ing to get off the ground.

Af­ter chat­ting with the amaz­ing women be­hind the Girls Who Glow teenage work­shops, I was pleased to learn there are in­spi­ra­tional young women in the world try­ing to make these piv­otal years for teenagers just that lit­tle bit eas­ier.

Liv Phy­land and Teigan Nash have used their pub­lic ca­reers to help young girls go­ing through tough times.

Whether it’s re­la­tion­ships, nu­tri­tion, friend­ships or men­tal health, the women are us­ing their work­shops to ad­dress these is­sues and help young girls work to over­come them.

The women are cur­rently trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia with an aim to help young girls on their jour­ney to be­come the best, health­i­est and hap­pi­est ver­sions of them­selves.

They will visit Shep­par­ton to­mor­row, and I en­cour­age any young girls out there to head along and en­joy a day of laughs, in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries and pos­i­tive en­ergy.

This week I also met some of the ex­tremely tal­ented stu­dents at Notre Dame Col­lege who are get­ting ready for their up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Godspell. Af­ter chat­ting with them and hear­ing about their pas­sion for the per­form­ing arts, I learned how the group has re­ally be­come one big happy fam­ily — with all of the stu­dents there to sup­port one an­other. It was lovely to hear and I do hope there are many other groups in the area like this that al­low teenagers to be them­selves, feel com­fort­able and ap­pre­ci­ated.

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