After participating in a Girls Inc. Redefining Beauty program, Laylyn, age 7, understands that true beauty comes from within. “What makes a girl beautiful is her attitude, and if she is nice or mean, or if she volunteers and helps people out,” she said.  Laylyn learned to define beauty on her own terms thanks to the generosity of the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation. 

The Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation strives to improve the quality of life in greater Indianapolis by contributing to organizations focused on the arts, civic and community development, education, the environment, health and human services, and religion. We are truly grateful for their most recent grant of $8,000 in operating support, which is helping us improve the quality of life for greater Indianapolis girls through programs like Redefining Beauty.  

Redefining Beauty

Statistics show that girls are unhappy with the way they look starting at an early age. According to the National Association of Eating Disorders, 42% of first- to third-grade girls want to be thinner and 80% of 10 years olds are afraid of being fat. Redefining Beauty builds self-esteem and self-confidence in girls by confronting body image stereotypes and identifying healthy lifestyle habits. Activities in this program encourage girls to distinguish between unrealistic and realistic images of women in the media, and affirm their own beauty, inside and out. 

Thank you to the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation for helping us inspire girls like Laylyn to value her own unique self. We could not make a difference for girls in our community without your generous support.

Learn more about the issue of body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem in girls in our Girl Guide on Body Image