Face To Face

Back in 2011 while on a plane to Oregon, I was thinking about the struggles that adolescent girls face in today’s somewhat-messed-up culture.  Having daughters myself, I was thinking that we as a society seem more responsive to trying to fix people after they’re broken than we are in preventing disorders before they take hold.  So, I had this idea for a “boot camp” for young girls called Face To Face that would purportedly enlighten and prepare them for life’s land-mines.  I never finished the outline, but for what it’s worth, I’m sharing it below.  It was meant to be a non-profit attempt to somehow make a difference, but I never pursued it or gave it legs.  Maybe it’s a dumb idea, or perhaps already been done.  I don’t know, but if anyone out there thinks it has merit and wants to run with it, please do so.  I claim no intellectual copyright provided it remains non-profit and altruistic.  Peace, love, dove homies.

Face To Face – Slide Presentation


See yourself

Be yourself

Love yourself

(slide #2)

  • Teen suicide
  • Negative thinking
  • Body image
  • Media distortions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Peer pressure
  • Bullying
  • Date rape
  • Low self-esteem
  • Isolation
  • Self abuse
  • Self destruction

If you are an adolescent or teenage girl,

please consider this question:

When you look in the mirror,

do you see the person you really are?

– a strong individual with positive self-esteem

who can rise above the influence of others?

Or do you see someone who is trying to be

the way she thinks others want her to be.

Someone who is trying to look the way

she thinks others want her to look.

Someone who is afraid and sensing that the self

she knows and loves is somehow slipping away?

Our daughters, sisters and friends are attempting to navigate a culture that’s like treading water in a lake filled with sharks.

Face To Face is a life-raft intended to help them make it to the other side.

Face To Face is

a 12-day, 24/7



and spiritual “boot-camp”

intended to give our girls a fighting chance.

Face To Face is



and non-theological,

and prepares girls for a life that is beautiful

and a culture that is, at times, treacherous

in a way that classrooms and even

families are not equipped to do.

Girls will learn to see themselves for the beautiful people they are on the inside without the pretense and pressures of     make-up, fashion, cell phones, social & other media.

Girls will learn to recognize and respond to society’s traps and prevent the pitfalls of negative thinking and self abuse.

Girls will benefit from 12 days of educational, physical, and spiritual training facilitated by professional psychologists, recreational therapists and athletic instructors.

A trained female therapist or chaperon will be present at all times.

Girls will bunk two-per-dorm-room with trained adult female hall-monitors always in ear-shot.

Guest speakers include professional celebrities and sports figures who espouse a positive life style with a positive message.

Cell phones, PDAs, I-pods/pads, lap-tops, etc are surrendered each morning and returned each night in time for daily “free time”.

Facilitated and highly interactive, evening group-discussions encourage girls to personalize and discuss with each other the day’s subject matter and activities.

Girls will learn that they are not alone in their thoughts, views and fears, while discovering alternative perspectives and learning to employ new coping skills.

Face To Face – Preliminary Notes on Curriculum (only just begun…)

Awareness and Self-Defense

  • The Psychology of Bullying
  • Standing Up to Bullying
  • The Psychology of Peer Pressure
  • Standing Up to Peer Pressure
  • The Science of the Brain
  • Impact of Alcohol on the Brain
  • Impact of Marijuana on the Brain
  • Bulimia – Symptoms, Causes & Cures
  • Anorexia – Symptoms, Causes & Cures
  • Depression – Symptoms, Causes & Cures
  • Anxiety – Symptoms, Causes & Cures
  • Deprogramming Society’s Conditioning

Self Discovery

  • Values, Beliefs & Prejudices
  • Make-Up versus Mask
  • Fitting In, While Being You
  • The Psychology of Cliques & Labels
  • Reality versus The Movie In Your Head
  • The Media’s Bamboozling of Body Image
  • Seeing the Wonderful You
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Parents Are People Too
  • Fear and Courage

Basic Life Skills & Knowledge

  • Personality Types & Relationship Building

Health & Recreation

  • Marshall Arts – Basic
  • Marshall Arts – Intermediate
  • Self-Defense – Basic
  • Self-Defense – Rape, Mugging
  • Yoga
  • Mediation
  • Low-Impact Aerobics
  • Singing & Voice Techniques

End of preliminary notes on FACE TO FACE…


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