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Maiara Walsh: GIRL PREP

I feel like I’ve always been a very sympathetic person. I’ve always been the mother in my group even when I was like five or six years old, because I always put myself in other people’s shoes. I think it also has a lot to do with my upbringing. My parents are Buddhists and they raised me Buddhist. They taught me the importance of respecting people and understanding where people come from and doing whatever you can to help humanity.

I was very insecure growing up. I was very emotional and very sensitive. I would never put people down because I knew how it felt. I had low self esteem. And I think that’s what got me into Girl Prep, which is a youth empowerment conference for girls 10 to 13, because I wanted to do something where I would work with girls and with self esteem.

We put them through leadership workshops and goal setting. I’m really grateful to be a part of something like this, because I think especially with self esteem, it’s the root to everything really. It’s how you view yourself, it’s going to be how you view your life, it’s going to determine if you feel like you’re worthy enough or you have what it takes to accomplish your goals. And if you don’t have self esteem or if you have really low self esteem it’s going to be much more difficult to do so.

It’s a blast and an honor. I feel like I take so much from it and I feel like I’m learning about self esteem and everything just by talking to these girls about it.



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GIRL PREP: Empowering Your Girls Everywhere

GIRL PREP Creative Director Jenesis A. Harper,13, poses at the 3rd Annual GIRL PREP Conference on May 1, 2010.

Girl Prep’s missions is to empower young girls ages 10-13 to become positive role models in their community:

“Jenny’s vision is to bring pre-teen girls together in select cities across America for a day of fun and learning. GIRL PREP promotes community activism and leadership; to give girls a greater voice and access to opportunities and organizations in their communities.

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