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20 Under 20: Regina Tackles Self-Image

Posted: 1/10/2019

We are proud to announce that three Upper School students are featured in Atlanta InTown's 20 Under 20. Senior Regina Munoz is an honoree, and William Schulman and Christian Rubio made their honorable mention list. The Reporter Newspaper also does a 20 Under 20 which will feature senior Cynthia Liao as an honoree. This article has yet to be published.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Regina Munoz chose to address problems with self-image and self-esteem in young Latina girls. She created the program En La Amistad Nos Encontramos, or In Friendship We Stand, that offered 12 classes to middle-school-aged girls, focused on health, beauty, and professional development. Regina went to the Hispanic Services Foundation to pass out flyers and spread her program through word-of-mouth. She reached 15 girls who regularly attended her classes.

Regina recruited guest speakers to help the classes, female experts in business, health, diet, exercise, and beauty. Guests included a business woman, yoga instructor, dietician, and dermatologist. Her goal was to create an environment where the girls could gain more confidence and make friends while learning how to feel good about themselves. “I know that you can’t change [problems with self-image] overnight,” said Regina, “but I wanted to do something to diffuse it in the Latina community.”

“This program was personal to me, since I belong to the Latina community. I know how hard it can be, especially for young girls at schools, not having friends can be really lonely and can lead someone down the wrong path.”

Regina made a lasting impact on these girls that was unexpected. “The girls were really shy at first, but by the end of the program, they were telling me everything!” She held a party at the end of the program where two of the girls opened up to her about their struggles. “One girl told me she had been having suicidal thoughts at the start of the program, and now she doesn’t feel that way anymore. Another girl who had worn long sleeves in the beginning to cover her self-harm started to wear short sleeves by the end of the program. You could see her scars, but they were healing. She wasn’t self-harming anymore.”

Although the program has ended, Regina hopes to pass it down to someone at HSP when she graduates. She hopes that En La Amistad Nos Encontramos will continue to provide a community for young Latina girls to grow in confidence and friendship.