I created this girls guidebook and super power cards to help young women follow the path of thinking, feeling, and acting in a powerful and positive way in the world. Self-protection is a daily practice and must be a part of every girls life as she grows into becoming a powerful force for positive change.
My name is Lisa Van Ahn. I was sexually exploited as a young girl and grew up believing I was unworthy. When I was 15 years old I attempted suicide because I didn't want to live any longer. I went through therapy and tried to get better but at 19 years old I was still beating myself up, actively engaged in abusive relationships. I was telling myself everyday "I AM worthless. I AM not enough."
Then something incredible happened. I got pushed out of a Bronco (yes, it was a good thing) and landed on the curb of a kickboxing studio. I went in and took a class. Two beautiful sisters who owned the studio witnessed the strength that lived in me and shared that with me. They helped me begin a journey of healing, self-love, and forgiveness.
On my path to living confidently I created a curriculum for girls teaching what I wish I'd learned when I was growing up.
My curriculum teaches 3 rules of self-protection and it's also the foundation of the I Am Girls Guide and Super Power cards.
The teaching is based on Think —> Feel —> Act. The guiding message is self-protection through self-love.
RULE 1: F.L.Y. (FIRST LOVE YOURSELF)
THINK: I AM STRONG (My thoughts guide my attitude) What you think is who you are. You can't protect yourself if you don't first understand how to love yourself.
RULE 2: FACE YOUR FEARS. RUN AWAY FROM DANGER
FEEL: I AM CONFIDENT (My attitude guides my actions) Know what you feel and trust your gut. It's always right. Being able to distinguish your feelings and trusting yourself to act on them will always provide you with protection.
RULE 3: BE POSITIVE CHANGE
ACT: I AM POWERFUL (My actions create my reality) What you do is intricately connected to what you think and how you feel. When you are being your true self you're impacting the world for the better and creating a safe environment for others which makes your life safer. The book and cards supports girls in taking daily action to live out their super powers and stand up for themselves in the world in this way!
The book and cards are in final stages of development. A successful campaign will allow us to put finishing touches on the designs and also allow us to order in bulk at lower costs so we can offer the products and services to girls in need of support. Some of the higher rewards provide financial backing to reach girls who don't have access to the materials and workshops without your support.
When you become a backer you get 3 amazing results.
1. You make it possible for a girl to learn how to live with strength, confidence, and power. It may be your own girl, a girl you know, or you may back a reward that gifts the book & cards to a girl in need who you don't know.
2. You provide the book, cards, and workshops to girls in at risk communities. With your support as a backer I'll be able to order in greater quantity and also have funding to offer workshops to girls who wouldn't otherwise have access.
3. You stand for girls freedom. When you support this campaign you're supporting girls who might not otherwise get the message of personal safety and self-love, but desperately need to hear it. These girls need to be witnessed as worthy and guided to remembering who they really are so they can stay safe in the world, by loving, trusting and acting from their personal power.
Help me reach as many young women as possible so they can embrace the truth: We are all beautiful and valuable, and our personal safety and happiness is dependent on us taking care of ourselves.
Risks and challenges
This project is so close to being complete. The greatest challenge is not having the funding to order in greater quantity and lower the costs of printing.
When you back this project you'll be providing books, cards, and workshops to girls who don't have access otherwise.
The best part is you'll also be able to give the gift of this book and cards to yourself or the young women in your life because we all deserve the message of self-love and self-protection. We all need to be witnessed as worthy and taught to believe in our value in this world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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