Being a young girl can be stressful in the best of times, but the pandemic has made it that much harder. Fortunately, there’s an app for that.
It’s not easy being an adolescent or teenager even in the best of times. It’s especially hard on girls as they cope with shifting social and societal pressures at school, at home, and in the community. The pandemic has only heightened the sense of powerlessness and vulnerability that many young women feel. A new smartphone app and support service helps them deal with these issues. The service is called Moxie Girl, and it focuses on the positives that come from setting goals, creating action plans, and then tracking progress. The service also enlists the aid of trained mentors who typically are young women enrolled in college. The app also encourages girls to connect with each other through messages and calls so that they can share experiences, tips, and support. Mentors encourage the girls to take actions to support their emotional health, such as taking walks or talking with family or friends. The pandemic is putting an emotional strain on many of us, and it’s good to know that girls have a place they can go for support.