PSYM is pleased to announce our partnership with the Saving Our Young Girls and Ladies (SOGYL) program. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Evelyn D. Natt-Thompson , we’re confident that the program will be well presented and received by the young ladies, as well as the women of our community. We feel that the excitement generated by the roll-out of this partnership will be sustained for years to come.
- raise the self-esteem of our young ladies and help them to realize that they’re just as important as their counterparts(young men) in all facets of their development. Whether it be social, educational, spiritual, etc., the choices that they make will profoundly affect their lives.
- Bring awareness to issues facing our young adolescent ladies and the give them a forum to voice their social or personal concerns in a group setting, or one on one with mentor. And
- challenge them to to value themselves, command respect from boys and young men in their lives, thus influencing better more respectful and responsible behavior in our young men.
In today’s society, our young women face a myriad of challenges in their development into adulthood. There are issues with regard to being victims of violence (physical and sexual abuse) both domestically and socially. Being subject to these types of abuse can take its toll. The pressures of measuring up to perhaps their mothers or their male counterparts are all too common. Society’s conflicting and unrealistic expectations about how women and girls are supposed to look, the pressure to be perfect wives and mothers while at the same time give 100% to their kids, and 100% to their jobs, are simply unfair. There are also the ever present adolescent pressures of fitting in, wearing the latest fashions, having the coolest boyfriend, dealing with a zit attack, or avoiding the dreaded “getting fat” syndrome.
As to the 3rd point above, an article from LDS.org states that young women are the real guardians in terms of grooming, if you will, the young men of tomorrow: “Young ladies have a profound influence on young, masculine behavior. Young men wear clothes they think you like. Their hair will be cut to please you. You can control how fast they drive their cars if you want.” “Young men–maturing, learning, and forming habits–have ideals and special persons they admire. You must be such a person.”