BOV recipient Self Love Beauty to host conference at SVSU

SVSU Battle of the Valley’s (BOV) recipient Self Love Beauty will be holding a conference at SVSU to promote self-esteem in teenagers.

Self Love Beauty was the 2022 BOV beneficiary, all the proceeds from the events went to the organization.

They aim to “empower individuals today for a more confident tomorrow.”

Self Love Beauty project coordinator Shamara Watkins explained that this event is something they hold every year.

“The Teen Conference is one of our annual events that we host for teen girls in Michigan,” she said. “We saw the need for a program that would help teens gain confidence skills within our community. According to research data, 66% of teens report not having positive self-esteem.

This event was created with the intention to help teen girls gain confidence and self-esteem skills as a way to realize their full potential.”

The conference will involve breakout sessions, panels, and more.

“Girls who attend this conference will be involved in fun breakout sessions, a panel discussion, and will have the opportunity to gather with their peers,” she said. “They will also get some Self Love Beauty swag in the form of a t-shirt. At the start of the conference, there will be a session for parents all led by the Dove Self-Esteem Project and SLB facilitators that will discuss social media and how to help their teens navigate being online.”

The conference, which has space for up to 100 attendees, is a part of the Dove Self-Esteem Project.

“The Dove Self-Esteem Project is an initiative to help the next generation grow up enjoying a positive relationship with the way that they look and to help young people raise their self-esteem and realize their full potential,” Watkins said.

The Dove Self-Esteem Project is an initiative held by the Dove company. According to their website, they have been holding this project for 15 years.

They aim to help parents, mentors, teachers, and youth with self-esteem through education.

As of now, they have helped more than 60 million adolescents and young women so far. Watkins hopes the girls attending the event leave with tools to help them find their voice.

“We hope that girls will leave this conference with the tools that will help them find their voice, embrace their awesomeness, love their uniqueness and strengths, and gain self-love & confidence and overall wellbeing,” she said. “We want girls to walk away with the knowledge that they have an unstoppable potential.”

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