By Mark Ambrogi
Denise Rezsonya has long been concerned about self-esteem issues of young girls.
“It’s something as a mother I wanted this to be taught, and now that my work has taken me in this direction, it was a natural fit to go ahead and teach it,” said Rezsonya, who has a 13-year-old daughter.
The Noblesville resident, who serves as a teen academic life coach, is holding a Self-Esteem Workshop for girls ages 10 through 16, to be held 10 a.m. to noon March 12 at the Recreation Annex at Ivy Tech, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville. It is being offered through the Noblesville Parks & Recreation Dept.
In addition, Rezsonya is an author and an inspirational speaker. She co-wrote “Powerful Influence: Encouraging Words for Your Teen” with David Roux.
She said the workshop is the based on the Dove Self-Esteem Project.
Rezsonya said there are several reasons this workshop is important.
“Suicide numbers are on the rise for our teen girls,” she said. “A lot of that stems from self-esteem issues. We have a big disadvantage with females that society is bombarding us with these messages of what beauty is and how we’re supposed to be perfect. It just puts a lot of added pressure on young women in particular, and it’s important we help our girls understand as much as we possibly can that is not where their true beauty comes from.”
Rezsonya said the workshop is designed to help girls grow up to be happy, content and free from beauty stereotypes and self-doubt.
“During the workshop, we will work through various activities that focus on body awareness, mindfulness, self-kindness, empowerment and positive emotions,” she said.
The cost is $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents. To register, visit apm.activecommunities.com/noblesvilleparks/Activity_Search/self-esteem-workshop/126, or call the Noblesville Parks & Recreation Dept. at 770-5750. For more, visit deniserezsonya.com.