A day designed to celebrate the energy, spirt and potential of youth nationwide was celebrated last Saturday in collaboration with Say Yes Buffalo Strong Community Schools at East Community High School.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Youth Confidence Day to be observed Annually on October 20. Tiffany R. Lewis, founder and CEO of Confident Girl Mentoring Program, Inc. founded National Youth Confidence Day to encourage a strong foundation of positive relationships to mentor today’s youth. Building a framework of positive role models is vital to developing responsible, confident young adults. National Youth Confidence Day encourages us to “Connect and Inspire Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Success.”
Confident Girls Mentoring Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that utilizes evidence-based interventions to empower and build confidence in girls ages 7-19 in New York State. It is nationally recognized by MENTOR’s Mentoring Connector as a best practice for mentoring. Confident Girls serviced over 1,000 youth and improved self-esteem by 32.75%. The program works to strengthen youth’s level of confidence and provide them with a vision to see beyond barriers as they open their minds to new ways of thinking and see the world is much broader and more diverse than their community. When youth have spent a whole day with Confident Girls Mentoring Program they leave saying, I am a strong, beautiful, and a confident youth empowered!
“As a youth advocate and leader, mentoring programs give us each a chance to contribute to the youth in our communities by providing guidance, friendship and life experience of a mentor,” stated Tiffany Lewis. “This day is more than just a national day. The day is an acknowledgment of all they will accomplish. Guidance, leadership and mentors will help light the path, and today’s youth will navigate the obstacles that will inevitably lay before them. It’s a Celebration of Confidence”!
National Youth Confidence Day was celebrated in collaboration with Say Yes Buffalo Strong Community Schools last Saturday at East Community High School. It was supported by a number of sponsors and partners, including New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, CAO of Buffalo & Erie County, HOPE Buffalo, YourCare, Watts Architecture & Engineering, Buffalo Public Schools, Destiny’s Pizzeria and area youth. The free community event included breakfast and lunch, empowerment workshops, vendors, a mini youth concert featuring Nasim ‘The Breeze” Lewis and Rashad “Kingshad” Howard and much more.
For ways to celebrate National Youth Confidence Day please visit www.confidentgirlmentoring.org or contact the Program Coordinator at 716-241-8114. Use #NationalYouthConfidenceDay and tag @Confidentgirlmentoring to share stories and photos of your confident youth on social media sites.