Write-up by Charnel Wright-Hollinshead, Co-Founder of News We Use
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Feisty Girl Feature
Have you or someone you know been bullied so severely as a child to the point you thought of taking your own life?
Anyone who knows me knows that I create media and grassroots campaigns for a living as a News Media Consultant and Branding Specialist. So, earlier this year, when a special woman enlisted my help in creating a unique platform that champions the cause of helping bullied victims heal–inspired by her painful personal childhood struggles–there was no way I could turn her down. Read on and watch the video below…
Mindy Black’s childhood years were plagued by extreme bullying. Swastikas painted on her school locker which—believe it or not—is one of the more tame incidents in a steady stream of horrifying torment at the hands of bullies. She was stripped of her self-esteem and self-worth so severely she once contemplated the unthinkable…child suicide.
Girl Finds Her Calling
In the years since that dark time, Mindy grew up to become an esthetician. By performing skin treatments and facials, it is her job every day to help people with skin ailments feel beautiful inside and out. Now for the really exciting stuff! Mindy felt strongly she had a calling to help others. Here’s where I come in. Anyone who knows me knows that I create media and grassroots campaigns for a living as a News Media and Branding Specialist. So, earlier this year, Mindy enlisted my help in creating a unique platform to fulfill her calling. I am honored to have been on the ground floor in helping Mindy conceptualize and then implement a self-esteem building and self-empowerment program for young people called, Feisty Girl.
Girl Gets Feisty
The Feisty Girl program is basically half support group and half fun “girly girl” bonding time learning beauty tips. The program is three-fold. One, it’s an open forum discussion for girls, teens and young women to hear Mindy’s stories of her own painful childhood bullying experiences while encouraging the girls to open up about their own. Second, Mindy then gives a compelling lesson of how the power of choice, courage and love played a roll in building self-esteem and empowerment within herself. Third, then it’s ‘girly girl” time a Mindy shares beauty tips derived from her esthetician background (including facials, skin care and makeup regimens).
Feisty Girl Takes Off!
Feisty Girl is devoted to helping young people find strength and beauty within themselves and Central Florida is taking notice as her program has been featured on several broadcast news channels (including FOX35-Good Day Orlando and Central Florida News Channel 13). Within just a few months, Feisty Girl has now evolved into a full-blown movement on social media and in Central Florida as many girls, tweens, teens, their moms and other young women throughout the area have taken part in the Feisty Girl program. From girl scout troops and schools to mother/daughter bonding sessions, Feisty Girl—in such short time–has become a phenomenon across the board.
Mindy found her calling in using her own talents and powerful story of overcoming the odds to help others heal. Now, that’s paying it forward in a BIG way! So proud to have been a part of helping your vision get off the ground and into the hearts of many, Mindy! Check out this latest news report from News Channel 13 featuring Mindy and Feisty Girl in action with Girl Scout Troop 879!