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The I AM Girl book and cards are designed to give girls tools to develop a daily practice of living strong, confident, and powerfully.
The I AM Girl book and cards are designed to give girls tools to develop a daily practice of living strong, confident, and powerfully.
124 backers pledged $8,684 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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    Create Your Own Manifesto Guidebook

    A Guide to Creating Your Own I AM Manifesto: A downloadable guidebook to creating your personal manifesto. This small book is perfect for young girls as well as adults.

    Creating your own manifesto supports you in being focused and confident in who you are in the world and following through on your purpose.

    You can use it for living a stronger, more confident, and powerful life.

    The book also comes with a downloadable copy of the I AM GIRL Manifesto

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    A Downloadable Copy of the Book

    I AM...A Girls Guide to Harnessing Super Powers: The Downloadable Book.
    At this reward level you will receive a downloadable and/or printable copy of the book.

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    You Get to Choose!!

    Take your pick. The Super Power cards or the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book. Or move on to the next reward and you can get both!

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    Book & Deck of Cards for You

    It's your lucky day, you get both with this reward! The Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.

    We don't stop there. You also get both the downloadable 'Create Your Own Manifesto' Guide and a downloadable version of the I AM Girl book.

    This is great bang for your buck!

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    Book & Deck of Cards for a Girl in Need

    I offer workshops to girls being rescued from trafficking and abuse. With this reward you're paying forward the gift of confidence and strength to a girl in need with the Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book.

    You also get both the downloadable 'Create Your Own Manifesto' Guide and a downloadable version of the I AM Girl book.

    This is great bang for your buck!

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    A Live Confidence Coaching Session

    (worth $150) Get Your Own Personal Confidence Coaching Session with Lisa (this can be used for a young girl in your life or for a woman looking to clarify her purpose and mission in life). Book a 30 minute private confidence building session with me to design your own I AM Manifesto and daily practices helping you to live brilliantly in 2017*.

    Plus you get the Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book.

    *(sessions booked from 1-1-17 through 3-31-17)

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    Two Books & Two Decks of Cards

    I mean...can I just say? You're so smart. You get both the Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book with this reward. Plus another set to pass around. Keep one for yourself and give one away.

    You can also choose to gift a set to a girl in need too!

    You'll also get both the downloadable 'Create Your Own Manifesto' Guide and a downloadable version of the I AM Girl book.

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    F.L.Y. Leggings, Book & Cards...oh my!

    You get your own pair of F.L.Y. leggings. These are limited edition and only available during this kickstarter. I'll contact you to find out what size you wanna rock on your legs or give away!

    F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself) is the first rule of self-protection. With these leggings you'll be able to wear your super powers. Show the world how fly you are!

    Plus you get the Super Power Cards and the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book.

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    Three Books and Three Deck of Cards

    You can think of a few lovelies who need this and you want to share the Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book with them. Awesome! This is the perfect reward for you!

    You can also choose to gift a set/s to a girl in need too!

    You also get both the downloadable 'Create Your Own Manifesto' Guide and a downloadable version of the I AM Girl book.

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    Five Books and Five Deck of Cards

    You've got a group of girls in your life and you need to give the Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book to all of them. Good for you. This is the perfect reward for you. Pass on the confidence!

    You can also choose to gift a set/s to a girl in need too!

    You also get both the downloadable 'Create Your Own Manifesto' Guide and a downloadable version of the I AM Girl book.

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    A Personal I AM Girl Workshop

    With this reward I will come to you to deliver a private empowerment workshop for the girls/women you wish to invite. Spend 3 hours learning the I AM Girl confidence rules and practices that will keep you safe and loving yourself fully.*

    Plus you get the Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers Book.

    *If outside Minnesota travel expenses for workshop would be additional. Workshop to be delivered within one calendar year from 1-1-17.

    For more info on the workshops visit the FAQ

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    Get a Workshop + Give 2 Workshops

    With this reward I will come to you to deliver a private empowerment workshop for the girls/women you wish to invite. Spend 3 hours learning the I AM Girl confidence rules and practices that will keep you safe and loving yourself fully.*

    Not only that, youe reward at this level will be giving 2 workshops in Minneapolis to girls in need. You'll receive a gratitude note, picture and details of the group your contribution supported.

    Plus you get the Super Power cards AND the I AM..A Girls guide to Harnessing Super Powers book.

    *If outside Minnesota travel expenses for workshop would be additional. Workshop to be delivered within one calendar year from 1-1-17.

    For more info on the workshops visit the FAQ.

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    Philanthropist Reward

    You care about freeedom for all girls. The I AM Initiative workshops and tools we offer speak to your heart and you want to help in any way you can.

    With this reward you get on the phone with me to have a conversation about how we can impact and help girls in need with your financial backing. Who do you want to help? How many books and cards do you want to offer to girls in need?

    We'll dicuss how your backing will provide freedom for girls in this world.

    And of course....you'll get your own copy of the book and cards too!

    Visit the FAQ for more info on this reward.

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