August 14, 2019 10:53 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Growing up can be a challenge, especially when you add social media to the mix. For teenage girls, the pressures can be overwhelming. That’s why the Sisters of Saint Francis in Rochester are offering some guidance.
Tucked in a classroom at Assisi Heights, 18 girls between the ages of 11 and 14 attended the 5th annual “Girls Becoming Women: Honoring the Path” program.
“We choose this age group because they are still interested and very willing to learn,” said Sister Marlys Jax.
The group of teenagers drew hearts; representing their own. Then, they handed their paper over to their neighbor … who crumpled it, stomped on it and handed it back.
“In some sense, bullying kind of imprints on their heart in new ways that are hard to forgive and hard to forget,” said Sister Marlys. “I think almost every girl can come up with some instance in their life about bullying. We're talking about what bullying does for other people when they do it and when they are bullied themselves.”
The Sisters also gave advice on ways to deal with anxiety.
“We are going to be teaching them methods of breathing, of thinking differently,” said Sister Marlys.
The girls took some time to meditate, learned proper table etiquette and how to navigate social media.
“Parents and grandparents are so thrilled about the program,” sister Marlys. “When we look at our world today with politics, we see things that are not appropriate. We are trying to develop young women into compassionate women.”
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