What does “at risk” even mean?
adjective: at-riskvulnerable, especially to abuse or delinquency. “a church-run school for the most at-risk children”
Through my internet research I also discovered the term “at-risk” came into use after the article “A Nation at Risk”, published by the National Commission of Excellence in Education. The article described United States society as being economically and socially endangered. At-risk students are those who have been labeled, either officially or unofficially, as being in danger of academic failure. Another definition I found describes at risk children as those who are disabled, have low self-esteem, or been abused.
What if your child is growing up with divorced parents? What if your child has a parent with an addiction? What if your child is growing up in a “perfect” family? What if your family is very wealthy? We’re all at risk, especially TEEN GIRLS. It doesn’t matter. At some point in our life, we experience low-self esteem and many times it carries into our adult life. Many teens and women turn to eating disorders or other forms of self-harm. Some teen girls are “lost” and need some guidance before heading off to college.
Here’s the point. We have 11 amazing teenagers participating in the Wellfit Girls Program and they each have a story and they will each come out of this five-month program transformed. Casi is an incredible singer. The first time I heard her sing in front of the group of girls, I got chills. You would never know talking to Casi that she was diagnosed with a learning disorder when she was three years old and will not graduate from high school this year (but she will not give up!). Courtney, a senior at Naples High School has been without her mom since she was six years old. She talks about growing up relying on herself, yet feeling very lost in this world. The program WILL help these girls in every way possible… and THEY need your financial support. Please help us with our leadership movement for girls!