From 5 to 7 April 2019, GrandWest sponsored 20 teenage girls to go on a Code Teen Camp at a cost of almost R40 000. The Code Teen Camp is a new millennium self-esteem, image development and life empowerment experience, which speaks the language of the 21st century teenage girl.
The purpose of this initiative stems from the challenges and experiences that are adversely affecting young teenage girls in the Western Cape. These include having sexual relationships with older men, increasing numbers of teenage pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), high rate of school dropouts, as well as succumbing to social media pressure that, in many instances, leads to a lack of self-esteem.
The weekend focused on themes such as self-image, image development and life empowerment experiences that provided the girls with fundamental principles of self-confidence, self-empowerment, self-belief and self-worth, specifically aimed at celebrating each other’s differences and journey to self-discovery.
“These days social media puts our teenagers under unnecessary pressure to fit in, leading them to make bad decisions. This camp empowers girls to learn who they really are and have the confidence to be themselves,” says Melaney Simonhoff, Socio Economic Development (SED) Officer at Sun International. “GrandWest donated essential travelling items to the girls to make their experience as comfortable as possible,” she says.
The Code Teen Camp taking place in the Elgin Valley motivates, inspires and empowers teenage girls from different backgrounds to celebrate each other’s differences, and support each other’s journey of self-discovery.
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