I Am Worth More®, a 501 (c)(3) organization, works to counter the negative effects that society and the entertainment industry has on today's youth by: building their self-esteem, connecting them to resources and increasing their positive entertainment in-take.
Our commitment to those three core activities has led us to launch this website, to provide specific resources and information around building confidence and developing a positive self-image.
These resources will extend beyond the month of May. As we know, teens need to be supported every day, every week and every month of the year.
I Am Worth More's first initiative, Rock My Good®, launched in August 2012, is a national youth awareness campaign and merchandise program designed to inspire youth to identify the good within themselves and in others. This merchandise serves as the official product line for National Teen Self-Esteem Month.
We hope you join us and support in all the ways that you can. Our youth need to know their true worth and value.
There is a lot of focus and many activities coordinated around the results of low-self esteem, which are essential to address. However, we need more focus on the root of the issue and a national effort to begin to change the response to the influences around our youth that contribute to poor self-image, bullying, cutting, suicide, bulimia, anorexia, etc.
It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.
86% of students said, "other kids picking on them, making fun of them, or bullying them" causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools. Source:makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org
Seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members. Source: Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, 2008.
69% of Americans say moral values in the country as a whole are getting worse. Source: Gallup Values and Beliefs poll, 2011.
Most of what children are seeing in these music videos are sexually charged images-- 45% of the adult content in videos analyzed by Parents Television Council in 2007 was of a sexual nature, followed by explicit language (29%), violence (13%), drug use/sales (9%); and other illegal activity (3%).