Inner Beauty Brings Out the Best at North HS (Watch the Video)


Students at Valley Stream North High School explored the true meaning of beauty while participating in the Hance Family Foundation’s Beautiful Me program. The self-esteem initiative builds females’ appreciation for genuine qualities, self-awareness and helping others.

According to the Hance Family Foundation, only 2 percent of women believe they are beautiful. The program’s lessons help girls of all ages realize their strengths and abilities.

Throughout the week of Nov. 16, the students focused on redefining the meaning of beauty, appreciating their unique qualities and accepting compliments. On the culminating day, they joined together in an effort to see themselves in a positive light.

Each participant received a compliment box, which peers filled with written  comments. They then read the positive reflections out loud and practiced taking them to heart and trusting their sincerity. Many of the students shared, in group  conversations, that they often do not believe compliments are genuine. The activity was geared toward helping them see the qualities in themselves that others truly admire. The students were asked to give themselves compliments, which they wrote on the boxes’ interiors.

As another component to the Beautiful Me Program, the students considered what makes them beautiful. They shared these thoughts on “I am beautiful because…” posters, which are displayed in the school’s halls to serve as constant reminders that every individual is special and important.