Experts Offer Adolescent Teen Girls Advice on Growing Up
A recent half-day seminar targeting Lexington adolescent girls and their mothers covered STDs, health and nutrition, Internet safety, self-esteem, and coping with the middle school and high school years. Created by the nonprofit Sisters Road to Freedom (SRF), “The Molding of Generation Divas” conference on June 23 divided the young women into two groups, for girls ages 10-13 and 14-18, while their mothers attended a separate class until a final overall session.
It is important that teens receive reliable information, said Theresa Warrick, SRF’s founder. The conference featured experts in adolescent psychiatry and medicine, as well as representatives from the Lexington Police and Lexington Fayette County Health departments.
“Sometimes it’s better they listen to someone else. You know, it’s like you are no longer cool,” said Mercedes Harn, who attended the event with her daughter, Camille, a sixth-grader. Camille said she learned about the importance of condom use and avoiding STDs. Any good guidance is welcome, said Mercedes, adding, “Peer pressure is everywhere.” “I want to come back. It’s fun to be in a class with an actual expert,” said Alyssa Henderson, a junior in high school.
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