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A Message from the President

Have you seen a child that hates taking selfies or hide behind everyone in a group photo?

Ashamed and humiliated with their own body?
Lacks confidence to participate in class or a team?
Hides in a room all day instead of playing with other children?

February is International Boost Your Self Esteem Month and it is important that we as adults and leaders, encourage and empower children and youth to believe in themselves. Let them know they can be whatever they want to be. Let them know that it’s OK to love yourself.

I remember experiencing low self- esteem as a youth with acne. It was embarrassing going to school with peer pressure. My worse moment ever, was when I had to present a project to the class.  I wanted to crawl under a rock and stay there, literally.

I was able to get past those preteen years with family support and being surrounded by people who cared.

At some point in our lives, we experience self-esteem issues, but we need to know how to address it and be a support to others. Unaddressed self-esteem can lead to anxiety and depression so it’s important to handle it.

Here are some ways to address low self-esteem:

  1. Love yourself
  2. Believe in yourself
  3. Surround yourself with positive people.
  4. Get to know who you are and your best friend
  5. Don’t compare yourself to others
  6. Encourage and empower yourself

I challenge you, today, to empower yourself so you can empower others

Let’s go IATDP!

Be The Voice: Be The Change!

Dona Mitchell
President, IATDP


IATDP 110th Annual Conference

October 18-21 2020


New Orleans, Louisiana