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With the Shine On! Conference we are trying to strive towards our goal of preventing eating disorders, self-mutilation, teen pregnancy and other destructive behaviors pertaining to pre-teen girls. Through our workshops we challenge the stigmas placed on young girls in today’s society: body image and self-esteem are addressed through our Miss Representation and Magazine workshops. Our Miss Representation workshop is based on the elementary curriculum of the “Miss Representation” documentary which focuses on misconceptions of women in the media. Through this workshop we hope to empower these young girls so they don’t succumb to the pressures set forth by the media. In the magazine workshop girls are encouraged to tear out any advertisements or photos that portray unattainable images of perfection. The Healthy Eating workshop teaches the girls the benefits of healthy eating and the positive effects that healthy foods have on their bodies as they grow.New in 2012, we introduced a workshop just for moms that provided talking points and techniques to strengthen the mother-daughter bond. The areas covered in this workshop included eating disorders, body image, healthy meals on the go, and social media bullying. The Shine On! Conference was designed to build resiliency in young girls so that they do not succumb to the pressures that they are facing on a daily basis. It takes strength and courage to resist the social norm and not follow the crowd.The constant exposure to advertising and the degrading of women has left these girls with few defense mechanisms.Children of both genders start out with a healthy and strong self-esteem which then begins to diminish sometime around the transition from elementary school to middle school. Knowing that self-esteem declines as girls grow up makes it imperative that we help them develop skills necessary to maintain confidence within themselves. The Shine On! Conference provides positive feedback and teaches young girls life skills such as positive body image perception, media tactics, and sound eating behaviors which better prepares them for the future changes and stressors that they will encounter.