Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Peer Pressure: Bringing Families Back Together

Peer pressure can lead to good teens making bad choices. This is very common.
In 2017, we will have our work cut out for us opposing cyber bullying, maintaining that teens keep making good decisions and much more. Please show your support for a healthier, safer world by contributing today!

Many parents who contact B.W.T.E.™ state that their child has fallen into the wrong crowd and has become a follower rather than a leader. They are making bad choices, even though they know better. However, the fear of not fitting in with their friends sways them to make the wrong decisions. Low self esteem can attribute to this behavior, and if it has escalated to a point of dangerous situations such as legal issues, substance use, gang related activity, etc. it may be time to seek outside help. Remember, don’t be ashamed of this; it is very common today and you are not alone. So many parents believe others will think it is a reflection of their parenting skills; however, with today’s society, the teen peer pressure is stronger than it ever has been. The internet explosion combined with many teens’ entitlement issues have made today’s generation a difficult one to understand.
Keeping your child involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and clubs can help give them a place to belong. We here at B.W.T.E™ always encourages parents to find the one thing that truly interests their child, whether it is a musical instrument, swimming, basketball, tennis, diving, dance, chess club, drama, etc. It is important to find out what their interests are and to help them build on these hobbies. Encourage them 110%. They don’t need to be the next Michael Jordan or Serena Williams, but they need to enjoy what they are doing and keep busy doing it. Staying busy in a constructive way is always beneficial.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ANYTIME! Join our circle

The need for comfort is a basic necessity. From the moment we are born, we are comforted by a loved one’s voice or touch.
Join Beauty Within Teen Esteem staff and volunteers, friends, allies and partners as we come together in the face of uncertainty. As community, we are experiencing fear, concern and anger regarding our current political climate.
At Beauty Within Teen Esteem, we always acknowledge the need to build and uphold community, but especially in times like this. We invite you to join us for a Chat, to make our voices heard, to show up for each other, and connect.
Chat is a modern practice derived from many ancient forms of people coming together and communicating. This is a practice of deep listening without judgment, fostering an atmosphere of respect for one's self and for others and promotes empathy, dissolving barriers to cooperation, understanding, community.
 Upholding Community: A time for gathering in the face of our current political climate

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6:30pm to 8:30pm
WHEREOnline Group Meeting
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.—Numbers 6:26

Friday, November 25, 2016

Get Ready for Giving Tuesday, November 29th!


  Support BWTE Through #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global movement that inspires people through social media to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners-nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals-to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

What You Can Do
Make an impact in your community by participating in #Giving Tuesday 2016.  To make an online donation to Beauty Within~Teen Esteem click here.
As a Beauty Within~Teen Esteem Donor, you help open the doors to first time experiences that spark young children's curiosity and imagination like:
Teen Esteem Workshops Program that served over 300 children and families by emphasizing self awareness and much more
Lets Go, H20! Program that reached  over 1,600 K-2nd grade  underserved children in the LA Unified School District and empowered them, in light of California's drought, to take action to conserve our precious resource of water
Small Pet Adoption Program that served 300 children and families by providing an opportunity to experience the renewal of life through a living creature
Mini Workout Program that served over 300 children and families by emphasizing healthy lifestyles and providing opportunities to be active.
To make an online donation to 
The Beauty Within~Teen Esteem organization click here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

How to Stand Up to Your Enemies at School: 4 Steps

Standing up for what you believe in is one of the most important skills you'll need in life. People in life will always try to knock you down, but as long as you get back up, you're showing them that you can stand for what you believe in. If you're being bullied, it's probably just because the bully is jealous of you. You should always remember that you're powerful and can conquer anything. Be strong!

To keep bullies at bay and to prevent future bullying, kids need to know how to stand up to a bully. Aside from developing their assertiveness skills, building their self-esteem and improving their social skills, they also need practical tools on how to handle bullying situations.

Avoid bullying hot spots. Sometimes all it takes to prevent bullying is to avoid places where bullies hang out. These bullying hot spots include areas like the far corners of the playground, vacant hallways, bathrooms, locker rooms and the back of the bus. Be sure your child knows where these spots are located and that he/she avoids them or travels with a buddy when possible.


Learn to ignore them. No matter how hard this is, it is more mature. They want to get a reaction from you, so don't grant them your attention. 
Report the bullying to an adult. Be sure your child knows that the best way to prevent bullying is to report it. Without adult intervention, bullying often will continue or escalate. Make sure you also talk about the reasons why kids don’t tell others they are being bullied and be sure your children know that you understand their fears. Stress that while it takes a lot of strength and courage to report bullying, it is the smartest way to handle this type of situation.
 Build self-esteem. Self-esteem is a core component of bullying prevention. Kids with a healthy self-esteem are more confident and capable. Self-esteem also can help prevent bullying. Bullies are often looking for an easy target – someone who will react to their taunts and teases.
  • If you are being bullied, often it is best to get a teacher or parent involved from the start rather than taking matters in to your own hands, especially if you are dealing with a group of bullies.
  • Remember to ask the adult to deal with the problem without letting your enemies know that it was you who told them.
  • Remember to never let the person who made fun of you know that they made you sad. Instead, you have to act confident and give them a sign that you don't care what they think about you.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hope you had a great 4th of July!

Did you have a fun holiday, SUPPORTER?

I feel so blessed because mine was spent with family, enjoying what could only be described as a picture-perfect day at the beach. While Independence Day is a time we barbecue with friends and watch the night light up with fireworks, it’s also a time to honor those before us whose leadership gave rise to the great country we are lucky enough to call home.

I view BWTE  much the same way, as it is the fortitude of extraordinary supporters that has enabled our Organization to successfully serve the City of Angels for 6 incredible years. Though many of you may know our wonderful founder and administrative staff, what you may not know is much of our work is accomplished because of the dedication and guidance of our LA Board of Directors

For the last four years, we’ve been fortunate to have Eric Devezin as our Founder of BWTE. His passion for our work and drive to strengthen our impact helped us achieve milestones. We’ve reached a historic high for membership to support almost 67,000 children in realizing their potential in spirit, mind and body. As well, we set a new record for our teen-self esteem workshop enrollment, as more than 200 kids will not only be stranger danger-safe this summer, but also will have gained the confidence and discipline for success beyond the classroom. Our “Go Summer” teen initiative is also doing phenomenally well, welcoming more than 600 teens to the groups podcast-- live interaction so they can enjoy a free membership while staying active and engaged throughout the summer.

As we celebrated the 4th of July thanks to the leadership of others, I’m inspired by how far BWTE has come because of the volunteerism of Eric, Kyle and the superb leaders who have served with and before them.

Just remember, you needn’t be a Board Member to make a difference. Volunteering can be simple, easy, and, most of all, fun. To learn how you can help shape BWTE’s legacy in your community, sign up online for more information.

Thanks so much for being part of our work. I hope you and yours are enjoying a truly spectacular summer.

With gratitude,

Jessie J.
Staff Administrator

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Water Changes Everything

God has been at work with Beauty Within~Teen Esteem

As the temperatures continue to rise and we take Water Walks to The Streets of Tarzana to hand out bottles of cold water, I am reminded of this Bible verse from John 4:13-14:
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Thank you for not only meeting the physical needs of beloved human beings, but helping them experience God’s redeeming love. May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness.

With deepest gratitude,

  Eric Devezin, Founder

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