Amy Van Der Linde with Elanora High participants at their Radiance graduation dinner.
Amy Van Der Linde with Elanora High participants at their Radiance graduation dinner. Photo supplied

Program that shines

A TWEED Heads student has started up a school program to help adolescent girls overcome personal issues, which should help reduce the increasing number of those suffering from self-esteem related problems.

Amy Van Der Linde, 23, who studies marketing at Griffith University, set up Radiance, a program designed to give high school girls confidence.

“The program is a combination of grooming workshops and self-esteem and respect lessons," says Amy, who operates the course with two friends from her church.

The eight-week program, targeted at girls aged 13 to 16, covers issues important during the teenage years such as skin care and make up, confidence, nutrition and dreams and aspirations, topics not generally taught in schools.

Recent Australian statistics show that almost nine per cent of female adolescents have an eating disorder and the number of females aged 14 to 25 with behavioural problems rose from three per cent in 1995 to 12 per cent in 2005.

“These figures are utterly disturbing,” says Amy, “and I would hate for these numbers to keep increasing.”

The program has already been picked up by Elanora and Miami State Schools.

“It is important we reach the girls before they get involved in things they regret and end up scarring themselves.”

Amy would like to see the Radiance program in all schools, giving every girl the opportunity to have a “bright and beautiful radiance shining from within them”.

The girls are hoping to run the program at Tweed River High School.



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