“Around the age of eight, I found myself comparing my body to others’ along with media’s portrayal of the ideal female body, which led to insecurities and self-doubt.”
Like many young girls, Ana felt the pressures of being a girl in today’s society, causing her to develop negative feelings about her appearance. Ana also dealt with the instability of her life at home. Eight years ago, Ana’s father lost his job, forcing the family to lose their home.
Girls Inc. provided Ana a place of solace and a channel to connect with something greater than herself -- making a difference in the community. At Girls Inc., Ana took part in a Tobacco Prevention Program and even had the opportunity to present the bill to the Carpinteria City Council and convinced a majority to support it.
Ana gained the confidence to overcome self-doubt and insecurities about her body, while developing the confidence to advocate for herself and for others. Girls Inc. helped Ana become a strong and self-assured young woman who trusts herself, and who understands her rights.
Through constant support and guidance, Ana has blossomed from a shy girl into an empowered young woman passionate about advocacy and the political system. She lobbied in 2015 for the federal Youth Mentoring Grant to support girls at-risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. Ana hopes to attend Brown University to become a politician so that she can fight against injustice and inequality.
Read more about how Girls Inc. is making a difference in the lives of girls.