Photo by Laurie Chapman
Selena Davila, center, is flanked by Haley Enneking, left, and Tiffany Sonnen, right, who are helping Davila host a Be-YOU-tiful event for area teen girls. Davila hopes to boost sixth- through ninth-grade girls’ self-esteem as part of her senior project. The event will be Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Prairie Elementary School.
As of Tuesday, March 7, 2017
COTTONWOOD Seven in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way. That information is presented by DoSomething.org, a global network aimed at helping youth make positive changes.
Prairie Junior-Senior High School (PJSHS) senior Selena Davila also is devoted to do something. She developed her senior project to curbing those negative numbers locally. She organized a Be-YOU-tiful event meant to help girls build self-confidence and recognize they are not alone.
The event is planned for Saturday, March 11, at Prairie Elementary School, 1916 East Street, and is open to girls between sixth and ninth grade. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m., and while girls were asked to preregister, Davila said anyone is welcome to just show up. The event is expected to conclude between 2:30 and 3 p.m., she said.
Asked what inspired her to organize such an event, Davila credits Prairie graduate Becca Bruner. Davila said Bruner had hosted a similar event when Davila was younger but she couldn’t attend.
“All my friends really enjoyed it,” she said. “I want girls to feel better about themselves, to be confident in their own skins.”
PJSHS counselor Suzi Quintal, said she was excited Davila rejuvenated the event.
“I think it’s a great project. It was really impactful when it was done previously and I’m sure it will have the same results with Selena,” she said.
Davila said she understands how rough the teenager years can be and the effects bullying can have on self-esteem. She believes if girls have an opportunity to get to know themselves better, it will be a positive move toward deflecting the negative consequences.
This attitude comes from her own personal motto: “There’s always a silver lining,” she said.
To achieve her goal, Davila has coordinated activities, speakers and a craft all geared to promoting girls’ personal awareness and self-esteem. Colleen Sonnen and Tammy Everson have agreed to speak with the girls and help Davila guide a question and answer session.
Davila’s mother and grandmother, Helen Rowland and Judy Klapprich, respectively, will provide a meal for the girls. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and a goody bag prepared by Davila.
Her biggest goal in the project – helping others become more confident. And she believes this will help her as well.
“I still have some self-esteem issues. I think I’ll gain more confidence through this,” she said.