To help girls channel their self-worth, develop healthy relationships, and aspire to set the bar high, Amber Oosthuyzen, a local teen from Trail, is bringing her “Redefining Beauty” program to Rossland.
“The program is for girls who want to start their journey of finding out who they are and what they want in life,” said Oosthuyzen.
She was recently one of five B.C. youth to receive a TD Scholarship for Community Leadership, a national award given to 20 of 3,400 high school applicants from across Canada who are making a positive impact in their community.
Oosthuyzen secured funding for Redefining Beauty and developed its curriculum that focuses on mental and physical health, moving girls away from obsessions with body and image.
She has also trained trainers to take the self-esteem program to other interested communities.
“There are a lot of pressures on young girls,” she explained. “If you know who you are and have a basis of what you want out of life, then the outside appearance isn’t such a burden, you’re not so focused on it. I would love for girls to come out of the events more confident about who they are and what they bring to the table, and to value what they have to offer.”
Oosthuyzen is an active Air Cadet who has won the citizenship award four years running and, as graduation president at J.L. Crowe, inspired her class to raise money to purchase soccer uniforms for a team in Kenya.
She said it’s worth teaching her program, “even if I can just help one girl realize that they are worth it, that they have so much to give and that they are an asset to the community and the world, and to get them dreaming.”
“Often girls in this area dream small because they come from a small area,” Oosthuyzen suggested. “Just because we’re from a small area doesn’t mean we have to dream and live small. We can dream big and do big things.”
Oosthuyzen encourages any young women aged 13 to 18 to come down “for a couple of hours not having to stress about it and just hang out with a bunch of other girls and talk about things.”
The course runs on May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Miners’ Hall. The $20 fee includes a healthy lunch.
Register with Rossland’s recreation department at 362-2327 or email@example.com.