Young women from West Hempstead Middle School recently participated in Beautiful Me, Self-Esteem Rising, a program presented by The Hance Family Foundation that covers topics such as self-esteem, positive body awareness, healthy relationship and leadership skills, self-confidence and other empowerment themes.
Members of the school’s support staff facilitated small group sessions during lunch periods for both in-person and virtual learners. Counselor Angela Sigmon has been involved in the program since West Hempstead introduced it a few years ago.
“I really love being a facilitator since we began doing Beautiful Me a few years ago,” Angela said. “The young ladies are always smiling at the end of the program.“
The program culminates with the receipt of a gift; a necklace with three hearts representing completion of the program accompanied by a note that reads, "Thank you for taking the time to learn how to feel strong, confident, and kind to others. You are beautiful!"