"Can't you see how ugly and stupid I am?"
A couple of months ago, a girl came to one of her activities. Her name was Sarah. She looked very sad. So I said, “What’s going on?” And she was like, “Can’t you see?” And I looked at her and I said, “I don’t really know what you mean.” And then she said from the bottom of her heart, “Can’t you see how ugly and stupid I am?”
This broke my heart. She was so beautiful and so talented. Three years ago, she moved to the Netherlands and she already spoke three languages fluently. She experienced anxiety from the pressure to be perfect. I am Marieke and I work in the Netherlands. In our youth work, we see many girls like Sarah. It’s our desire to empower them and to let them know they’re worthy of love.
And one way we’re doing that is by using the Superwoman method. The superwoman method is a year-long program you can use during your girls clubs. It’s especially designed for girls within the age range of 12 to 18 years old. When you’re a youth worker, you will know that especially vulnerable girls are having a hard time during puberty. Not only do their bodies change, they also get to experience a lot of hormones. And next to that, they’re trying to figure out who they are and where they belong. And all of these things can cause them to be insecure. And a little insecurity is normal during puberty. But if it becomes too much to handle, they can experience anxiety or they become depressed or they make poor life choices.
With the program, Superwoman, you work in a fun way with young girls. Wthin small groups of girls that usually contain eight to 15 girls, you work on a lot of different themes. Together they will gain more confidence. And they will get to know their talents. Also, a very important theme that you’ll dive into together is how to build meaningful relationships.
And next to that, how to set boundaries, which is a very important topic for young girls. All of these tools will help these girls become the women they’re supposed to be, but most importantly, you will be able to build meaningful relationships with the girls. You will be able to share God’s unconditional love.
You will get a chance to share your own relationship with Jesus as well. And you get to talk about the deeper meaning of life. The program has the same buildup every week. Every week, you work on a different theme. That will help these girls grow. It contains energizing activities, ideas for crafts and everything you need for a weekly program.
For all of the activities, there are specific instructions on how to do the activities and what you need in terms of supplies. Superwoman started out in the Netherlands, but the program is now being used in several other countries. It’s also been translated into a number of different languages.
For Youth, for Christ employees, the English version of the superwoman program is available for free. Please contact your national director if you’re interested in getting a look at the program.
Now back to Sarah. Sarah has been attending a girl’s club for over a year. Now she’s gained more confidence. And because of that, her grades in school have gone up.
She’s also made friends and she’s laughing again. She’s enjoying life again. We just love to see that every girl gets the possibility Sarah had to use this program. Please consider using it and please consider contacting me or one of the team members in the Netherlands if you have any questions on how to start up.