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myTERMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls discover and invest in their true potential.louis vuitton purses Informed by educational, psychological and sociological research,louis vuitton purses on sale it is a systematic approach to preserving and promoting healthy self-image and identity development in girls of all ages. Through individual, group, louis vuitton purses for sale family, and community programs, myTERMS aims to enlighten, inspire, and empower girls to define who they are on their own terms.

"I just want my little girl back." This is the plea Dr. Kristin Bohan has been hearing from parents of girls in her private psychotherapy practice for years. "She was great up until about middle school, and then everything fell apart...." What's happening to our girls?

While psychological disorders have many interrelated causes, part of the answer is simple. Popular culture has a powerful,cheap louis vuitton purses and often negative, influence on shaping girls' identities. And perhaps the most harmful messages girls hear is this: "How you look is who you are. Achieve popular culture's current ideal of physical beauty, at any cost, and you will be powerful, loved..... and live happily ever after."

This is the promise made to girls by merchandisers, magazines and role models they've come to trust. As a result of this promise, many girls give up their childhood dreams and unique potential in order to pursue the perfect image. What usually follows is a long, painful journey down a road paved with low self-esteem, depression,discount louis vuitton purses anxiety, unhealthy eating and body image issues. Some girls waste years of their precious lives in pursuit of the perfect image before realizing that the marketers' promises were really lies driven by money, and that the road popular culture has been leading them down is nothing but a big dead end.

This troubling phenomenon is neither new nor unique to our community. In her groundbreaking book, Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher first brought "girl-poisoning culture" to our attention and warned that our daughters were giving up being "subjects" of their own lives to be "objects" of others' lives. Since then, other excellent books (e.g., So Sexy So Soon and Packaging Girlhood) have continued to document the dangerous effects of the mass media on girls' psychological development. Additionally, in a 2007 report by the American Psychological Association on the Sexualization of Girls, experts agreed that "The proliferation of sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising, and media is harming girls' self-image and healthy development."

The highly stereotyped version of girlhood being sold to our daughters is limiting at best and harmful at worst. myTERMS is an attempt to help girls fight back. Read more about the case for myTERMS here.

SUMMER CAMPS (Girls ages: 8 - 14)     Register Now
The myTERMS Summer Camp invites girls on a week-long journey of self-discovery. Psychologist Dr. Kristin Bohan and a team myTERMS Camp counselors will lead girls in fun, age-appropriate activities that will:

  • help girls identify and honor their unique qualities
  • make girls savvy consumers of the media
  • promote healthy body image
  • reinforce the importance of female friendships
  • celebrate amazing girls in history

    Summer 2011 Camp Schedule:
    July 18 - 22
    Held in the Parish Hall of Holy Cross Church in Pawleys Island

    PRICE: $200 PER WEEK. Scholarships available. Download the Scholarship form.

    Daily Schedule:
    9:15 - 9:30 Drop Off
    9:30 - 10:00 Topic Introduction
    10:00 - 11:00 Group Activity #1
    11:00 - 11:15 Snack Break
    11:15 - 12:15 Group Activity #2
    12:15 - 12:30 Large Group Discussion
    12:30 - 1:15 Lunch
    1:15- 2:15 Relationship-Buiding Activities
    2:15 - 2:30 Wrap-up
    2:30 Pick Up

    Register now. Space is limited. Download the Registration form.

    The Future of myTERMS

    Girls and parents have told us that once a year camp is not enough. We at myTERMS have heard you. The myTERMS team spent fall and winter of 2010 looking into possibilities for making myTERMS programming available year-round. We are excited to be exploring a possible partnership between myTERMS and the Georgetown County Family YMCA. With the vision and dedication of YMCA Executive Director Amy Brennan, we hope to make myTERMS an after-school activity available to all girls in our school district.

    The myTERMS after-school program will be a special time where girls explore who they are .... on their terms. Where in a safe and nurturing environment they:
    • Are introduced to a version of girlhood they may have never considered before, where girls are strong, adventurous, courageous, smart, clever, heroic, virtuous, and a vital part of their communities;
    • Begin to honor what interests them, to develop their unique talents and skills, and to devote their time and energy to causes that truly make their lives more meaningful;
    • Strengthen their relationships with friends, family members, and themselves.
    • Try on for size many possible answers to the question "Who Am I?"
    As an added bonus, because girls are doing this important work together, they learn to develop authentic relationships with one another, to resist stereotyping other girls, and to empower one another through genuine respect and loving support. In a culture that all too often pits girls against each other, myTERMS programs for girls foster empathy, bonding, and loyalty. Girls learn just how invaluable female friendships can be to their lifelong success and happiness.

    Stay tuned for more news on this venture.

    In the meantime, if you would like to contribute financially to our efforts, please send your donation to:
    PO BOX 2694
    Pawleys Island, SC 29585

    We are looking for both individual and business partners to join in our mission to empower girls. The myTERMS team is full of anticipation about the combined effect that both the Summer Camp and year-round programming will have on the girls in our community.

    www.mediaed.org - Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women by Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D.

    鈥? Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
    鈥? Still Failing at Fairness: How Gender Bias Cheats Girls and Boys in School and What We Can Do About It by Dr. David Sadker
    鈥? Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood by Susan Linn
    鈥? Born to Buy by Juliet Schor
    鈥? So Sexy So Soon by Diane E. Levin, Ph.D. and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D.
    鈥?Packaging Girlhood by Sharon Lamb, Ed.D. and Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D.
    鈥? Sexuality, Society, and Feminism by Cheryl Travis, Ph.D. and Jacquelyn W. White, Ph.D.
    鈥? Girls On The Edge: The Four Factors Driving The New Crisis for Girls by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

    "Dr. Kristin Bohan helped save our daughter's life. When Dr. Bohan first met our daughter she was in the depths of despair. Dr. Bohan has worked with her to help her rediscover who she truly is and to help her to become a much stronger, grounded, and successful teenage girl."
          - Parents of a 15-year-old girl

    "Working with Dr. Bohan has changed my life. I am a new person, full of light and full of hope for my future and the future of my daughter. I have been suffering in silence for 20 years of my life with issues of trying to be all things to all people, self esteem issues and disordered eating, something that started while I was a young teen. I look back on all of the missed opportunities and all that I gave up because I was not "perfect" enough. The thought of it makes me want to scream. Now that I have a daughter of my own and I have worked so diligently with Dr. Bohan to heal myself, I am bound and determined to stop young girls from these self defeating behaviors. Pawleys Island is so Blessed to have Dr. Bohan in our community with her passion and her highly specialized education to help us and our daughters see the light before it's to late. I don't want another girl to suffer like I have, and if you are still suffering as an adult it's not too late for you either."
          - 30-year-old woman

    "Group True led by Dr. Kristin Bohan has been a positive life changing experience for our daughter. Dr. Bohan is wonderful, caring and an expert in helping teenage girls. Dr. Bohan's group has allowed our daughter to express her feelings in an environment amongst peers that is safe, non judgmental and caring. Dr. Bohan is really an amazing woman and we are so blessed that she started her group and cares so much for teenage girls."
          - Parents of a 16-year-old girl

    "Around her 13th birthday, my daughter became a shell of her former self...depressed, withdrawn and starving herself. Dr. Bohan has worked tirelessly with us to help her with her struggles. Dr. Bohan has helped us meet our challenges head-on with trust, caring and compassion. She is teaching my daughter skills that will help her grow to be a confident, assertive young woman who is prepared to meet the challenges of our culture. Thank you, Dr. Bohan, for helping save our precious child."
          - Mom of a 13-year-old girl

    "Our daughter struggles with an eating disorder and Dr. Bohan has been instrumental in helping her to restore her self-image, establish boundaries, improve communication and learn to love herself. With Dr. Bohan's guidance, she is doing well and dealing with life in a healthier way."
          - Mom of a 14-year-old girl

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