Rather than praise a girl’s performance, focus on her efforts. That way, if she falls short of ‘winning’ or being the ‘champion,’ she doesn’t feel as though her time was wasted. This is especially important whenever a group is involved because each person contributes to the collective success of the team. Of equal importance is emphasizing strengths so that girls are confident enough to overcome challenges no matter how small or large they may be. These are ways that you can help shape the self-confidence of the girls and young women you encounter each and every day. By focusing on the positive, you make it very easy to see value in the lessons being taught. You help girls develop good sportsmanship and citizenship because they know that without the help of their teammates or classmates, they wouldn’t have achieved as much as they have. Being able to work well with others is an asset that will help them throughout life as they go to college and work in various industries as business professionals. There is a lot to be said about putting forth the best effort a girl can possibly come up with. It shows that she’s fiercely determined to be a part of a situation even if it is something she doesn’t fully understand or feel capable of doing well. Be a mentor and a role model to young girls by showing them what it’s like to be a strong, confident woman. The time you spend with youth is time well spent. After all, these young women are our future. Give them the support that they need to see the necessity and importance of every lesson that they’re given. This will teach them humility, gratitude, and determination. These attributes are highly regarded. In fact, our No Mean Girls Ambassadors are humble, grateful, and determined. They’re leaders in their communities and play an integral role in the lives of other girls their age and younger.