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Books, articles, and resources for girls and their parents.

Confidence & Self Esteem:

Research shows that self esteem improves
when girls have opportunities to:
  • set meaningful and realistic goals
  • develop strong sense of identity
  • discover gifts and talents
  • learn to follow internal lead
  • healing the lie of worthlessness
  • focus on purpose and dreams
  • connection with inner self
  • develop a spiritual practice
  • minimize exposure to misleading media messages
  • participate in physical activity
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*I AM* Girls offers
 all these opportunities!

Links to articles:

How to Raise Girls with Healthy Self Esteem
by Anita Gurian, PhD

8 Keys to Improving Self Esteem for Girls
by Dr. Linda Miles

Review of Self Esteem Research
by Robert W. Reasoner

How to Give Your Kids the Gift of Self Esteem
- 7 concrete suggestions you can start using now!
by Sue Atkins  Download Free E Book

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."  Marianne Williamson

Leadership & Personal

Leader in Me Activity Guide - sample of the booklet used by *I AM* Girls

Leader in Me Parents Guide - sample of the parent booklet used by *I AM* Girls

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
by Sean Covey

The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make
by Sean Covey (for teens)

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
by Sean Covey (for younger girls)

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program
Discover how choosing, planning and achieving personal goals can change your life!

"When you engage in work that taps your talent and fuels your passion - that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet - therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul's code."
Stephen R. Covey
“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” Deepak Chopra

For girls growing up in Canada, it's tougher than you'd think...
For Girls Growing Up in Canada It's Tougher Than You'd Think
Click here to read the Canadian Women's Foundation Facts About Girls in Canada

More Opportunities for Girls:

Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology
A University of Alberta organization that provides programs & networks to enhance the attraction, retention & enhancement for women of all ages in science, engineering & technology.  Watch for their "Choices Conference", "Set Conference" and "Summer Research Program".

Discover-E Camps & Clubs
A student-delivered initiative of the U of A Faculty of Engineering with a focus on fun, accessibility and mentorship.  They offer high quality summer camps for kids & teens of all ages, and through the fall and winter Girls, Engineering and Mentorship (GEM) Club provides young women with an opportunity to experience the excitement of engineering, science and technology in a fun, hands-on, inclusive environment.

NAIT Events for Girls
NAIT hosts events for girls in elementary, junior, and senior high school throughout the year to encourage their interest in science, engineering and technology. These events give young girls a great opportunity to learn more about programs and career options, as well as get fun and interesting hands-on experiences.

“You are all God, every single one of you, and you have a name, and your name is I AM, the question is what do you place after that…."  Wayne Dyer


"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Encourage & Empower

"When you hold a door open for someone, you change them - just a little bit."  June Callwood

Connecting with Your Power Through Service

A Year of Living Generously

by Lawrence Scanlan
This fresh and critical exploration of ways to help the world's less fortunate argues passionately for greater connection and genuine commitment from all of us.

Go Volunteer Data Base
Find volunteer opportunities in your region.

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others.

Free the Children - Family
When families come together to support their communities and those overseas, the possibilities are endless. Make social change a family tradition and watch your world transform.

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Gandhi
Empowering Opportunities for Girls in Other Communities:

Heart of Leadership in San Diego
Our vision is that every young woman know the leader within her as an expression of her intuition, her values, and her strength.  When a young woman is connected in mind, body, and spirit, she is unstoppable.  We are committed to the transformation of young women through their confidence, inner wisdom, self-love, connection to community, and sisterhood.

Yoga and Leadership Program for Teen Girls in Seattle, WA
The Tara Project was created by women to inspire teen girls to discover a deep self-awareness, clarity about their values, and a sense of belonging and commitment to their communities.

Shine Global in Central Oregon
Shine Global believes girls hold the future in the palms of their hands. We help them shape it to contain their wild and precious dreams.

GirlVentures in San Diego
We envision a world in which girls and women are actively engaged in the leadership of thriving communities strengthened by diversity, civic engagement, healthy choices and environmental responsibility.

Believe in She in Del Mar, CA
Determined to make a difference, Juliette and Jamie Dicken created a company to empower moms and their tween daughters to live happier and healthier lives using yoga and journaling to start conversations that strengthen the mother/daughter bond and improve self-esteem


GLOW Program in Calgary & Ottawa
GLOW (Girls Leading Others Wisely) strives to provide girls with the self confidence and the skills necessary to become effective and influential leaders.

Girls Inc. in Fort Mac & Ontario
Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Girls Rule @ ICDI Ignite in San Jose, CA
In a society where we are constantly plagued with ‘bullying,’ peer pressure, and feelings driven by fear, allow us to empower your special young lady while YOU are inspired at the Ignite Conference. Give your super special girl a gift at this critical age…a toolbox to help her navigate the waters of life successfully!

Explorathon in Birmingham, MI
A day of interactive workshops with female scientists, engineers, mathematicians and health professionals for students in grades 9-12. Thirty presenters will hold sessions for 400 students from the surrounding communities.  Explorathon is a program designed to expand the horizons of girls in science, technology and mathematics.

"Show empathy as a volunteer, show passion as an activist.  Get angry, get informed, go upriver."
Lawrence Scanlan