(NEW YORK, NY) -- New York City has unveiled a $333,000 project to help young girls raise self-esteem, specifically in regards to body image. The NYC Girls Project will address self-esteem issues at 75 after school programs and will include a Twitter campaign. Samantha Levine, an aide to Mr. Bloomberg, conceived the project when she became aware that very young girls were getting plastic surgery and even wearing body-shaping garments in an effort to achieve a positive self image.
"I'm so thrilled," stated Dr.
Holstein, "with the NYC Girls Project. I love that people, even while
sitting in a taxi, will watch 30-second videos of girls of all types,
proud of who they are and what they love to do. Congratulations to NYC
for recognizing the potential danger in letting our kids feel bad or sad
"We all know that we can't all be models or
superthin or even athletic. The problem is that we get caught up as a
society around certain artificial values, forgetting that beauty starts
inside out, not outside in."
"As a psychologist my mission is
to help girls, tweens and teens value themselves. Every girl deserves to
be happy in who she is and how she feels about herself. In The Truth
(I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything) I made sure that the girl
who keeps the diary always finds a way, even under the pressures of
life, such as moving to a new town, a crush, trouble with a best friend,
parents fighting, etc. to be true to herself. Every page of the book
is designed to help any girl reading the book, even one who has felt bad
about herself, to start to feel proud and more sure of herself. Every
girl deserves to be a winner."
Dr. Holstein's book for teens and
tweens, 'The Truth, (I'm a girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything)' is a
first in positive psychology. It is a fiction book for girls, tweens
and teens. Written by an 11 year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has
embedded within the story positive truths and concepts geared to help
girls develop self-esteem and resiliency. Sky Pony Press will be
publishing The Truth in the summer of 2014.
Sky Pony Press,
the children's imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, launched its first list
in Fall 2011 and has about 100 books in print currently. Sky Pony
publishes picture books, middle grade, YA, and children's nonfiction
titles, with an emphasis on books that inform children of the world in
which they live and promote good self-esteem, good citizenship, and a
love of reading.
Her second book in The Truth Series is
'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine...Maybe!' Now the
girl is 13. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush,
moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with
girlfriends. 'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and
grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed
communication between the generations.
Both 'The Truth' and
'Secrets' are great for grandparents, older siblings and teachers to
establish lines of communication with the tweens in their lives. Both
books will be re-released by Sky Pony Press.
In addition to
running a thriving practice, Dr. Holstein is a very successful author
across many genres. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers.
About Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is
the creator of The Enchanted Self , a positive psychology method for
increasing happiness. Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for
over 25 years. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey
with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.
Dr. Barbara speaks
regularly on radio programs around the country, and appears on
television in New York and New Jersey. Her inspiring audio shows and
podcasts can be found on the web, along with hundreds of her articles
and stories. She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan
Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line,
and Family Circle Magazine.
Her pathfinder book 'The Enchanted
Self, A Positive Therapy' was published in 1997 by Harwood Academic
Publishers and is now in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge.
Her second book 'Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!'
has received rave reviews as a wonderful inspirational story book.
'DELIGHT', Dr. Holstein's third book is available in two versions,
paperback and a CD-rom that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein's
Other works include 'The Truth, (I'm a girl, I'm Smart
and I Know Everything)', 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You
Mine...Maybe!', 'Next Year In Jerusalem: Romance, Mystery and Spiritual
Awakenings' and 'Next Year In Jerusalem Part Two: Around Every Corner
Mystery & Romance in the Holy Land'.