‘Reaching Dreams’ Initiative Fosters Self-Esteem in Teenage Girls


In Kazakhstan, the pilot program helps young women get rid of complexes and thrive.

A pilot program for teenage girls entitled “Reaching Dreams” took place in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, August 18-21, 2019. It was attended by 20 girls aged 13 to 17 from the capital city of this Central Asian nation and nearby towns. 

Taking into account what organizers called “the peculiarities and subtleties of the teenage period,” program coordinators prepared special seminars with catchy titles such as “When the Mirror Becomes Our Friend,” “Reliable People,” “Proportions and Silhouette,” “The Magic Word ‘No,’” and “Color Types of Appearance,” among others. 

Organizers said that the seminars were intended to support teenage girls in that sometimes difficult period of life. “The seminars helped them to get rid of complexes, learn how to become a true friend, uphold their principles, get style tips, and much more,” they said.

  • Small-group activities sought for ways of helping teenage girls to understand they are beautiful and valuable, during the Reaching Dreams event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, August 18-21, 2019. [Photo: Euro-Asia Division News]
  • Participants in the Reaching Dreams teen initiative in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, could opt for cooking classes and other practical activities, program organizers said. [Photo: Euro-Asia Division News]
  • Girls participating in the Reaching Dreams program in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, spent four days in activities together, including a pajama party and other socializing opportunities. [Photo: Euro-Asia Division News]
  • Teen girls took part in a variety of activities as part of the Reaching Dreams event, including physical training exercises led by a fitness trainer. [Photo: Euro-Asia Division News]

Daily spiritual lessons, prayer services, and pastoral counseling helped participants to strengthen their faith, get support, and find answers to their questions.

The active part of the meetings was filled with games, thematic quests, and even a pajama party. Participants also enjoyed physical activity classes under the guidance of a fitness trainer. According to organizers, girls could also choose to participate in cooking classes, in which they baked and decorated cookies. They even received tips on how to keep a personal diary.


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