Project information

ShineGIRL - empowering girls with low self esteem

The ShineGIRL self-esteem course is run through local schools in Cambridge and encourages and empowers girls by teaching them about their personal worth and strength, whilst addressing critical issues.


Charity information: Cambridge Community Church (C3)

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  • Need


    Girls are facing many issues in society today. According to new research commissioned by Dove, lowered self-esteem among today’s girls and young women could, by 2050, be costing the nation: 14% of our female managers in UK businesses, 21% of our female MPs and 17% of female doctors & lawyers .

    Many girls do not know or believe they are valuable and unique and this is making negative implications on the decisions they make in life.


    ShineGIRL teaches girls about their intricate value and are able to apply it practically to their lives through various activities.
    The main aims of the nine-week course are to educate and equip the girls to:
    • Identify themselves as valuable with something to contribute
    • Build their confidence, self-esteem and self-worth
    • Develop decision making and problem solving skills
    • Identify personal desires and strengths to motivate them to set and achieve personal goals

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reach and empower 60 girls in 2013


    » Each course has 10-15 girls. By reaching four schools in /2013 it in anticipated that in one year that course will reach 60 girls.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing 60 girls come through the course.

    Aim 2

    To grow ShineGIRL in Cambridgeshire


    » By developing new relationships with at least 2 schools that are close in proximity to C3 and promoting the ShineGIRL course
    » By training more volunteers to be able to assist in support of the course

    What success will look like

    Success will be hosting the ShineGIRL course in 2 new schools in 2013 additional to the existing 2 schools

    Aim 3

    Provide and promote training and advice on Shine for other organisations/churches in the UK


    » C3 created its own set of resources and teaching materials for ShineGIRL and is able to advise and train other organisations on the materials

    What success will look like

    Success will be acting as a advising consultant to other organisations wishing to implement the course. 4 churches have already contacted C3 for advice and direction

    Aim 4

    To release the existing ShineGIRL coordinator to focus on expanding ShineWOMEN


    » By employing a new ShineGIRL coordinator for 8 hours per week to manage and develop the course

    What success will look like

    Success will be employing a new ShineGIRL coordinator. The previous coordinator will be able to grow the ShineWOMEN course by doubling the participant numbers.

    Aim 5

    To encourage girls to be involved in the Church community


    » The coordinator will be based in the youth programme of C3 and will have much more of an emphasis on encouraging participants to engage in C3’s youth

    What success will look like

    Success will be the girls attending C3 events and feeling a sense of belonging to a community.

  • Impact


    The course has a long-term and sustainable approach to developing young women. It imparts skills and understanding to enable the participants to be able to engage with others better, overcome difficult social circumstances and lead lives with confidence and of positive influence.

    Success will be demonstrated through improved self-esteem tests, case studies, a change in language and attitude, decisiveness and increased problem solving skills, confidence in speaking up and in social situations


    If funding isn't sourced then there is a possibility that ShineGIRL may have to be minimised due to the increasing demands upon the current resources.

    By applying for funding from grants and foundations in additional to The Big Give this should ensure that the course continues and can be developed.


    After each course the following information is reported: attendance levels, comments and feedback from participants, self-esteem tests are taken before and after, attendance at other C3 events and case studies/stories, ley learnings and areas to improve for the next course

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,840

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Salary Preparation, pitching to new schools, recruiting and training leaders, reporting
      £540 Gifts for participants Each week there is a gift for each participant
      £300 Refreshments Drinks are provided each week
  • Background


    Cambridgeshire is considered an affluent and privileged area but isn't excluded to the many issues that young girls face. Some issues include teenage pregnancy (for every 1,000 teenage girls there are 24.9 pregnancies ) and a high incidence of drugs use (with 14% of Year 10 students having taken drugs).


    ShineGIRL reaches young teenage girls (aged 12-14 years old) that have behavioural issues, low self-esteem, learning difficulties and suffer from social exclusion. They are often recommended by the school’s support centre.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Both of the 2 trainers are qualified teachers. One trainer has a B.A. Modern Languages, a PGCE, and a Diploma in Pastoral Leadership. She is also trained by the ShineGIRL head office in Hillsong, Sydney. The other trainer has a B.A. History and a PGCE Secondary Education.

    C3 has been a main point of contact for many churches in the UK (ie 4 other churches have approached C3 regarding how the ShineGIRL course is run)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Genevieve Montgomery

    Genevieve is the current ShineGIRL coordinator and introduced the course into C3. She oversees the course and is the main point of contact.

    New Staff Member

    This has yet to be decided, but the new ShineGIRL coordinator will take over responsibility of the course.