Girls World Expo: Helping Girls Gain Confidence and Knowledge

By Adam Chick

October 21, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 7:45 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Girls World Expo held at the Riverwalk Hotel in Binghamton was designed to instill confidence in girls from the ages of 11 to 18.

Confidence, good decisions, and being a positive member of the community; that's the message that the organizers of Girls World were trying to get across today.

"They're going through a lot this is a really crucial time in their life. You know with media images and celebrities and all of these shows that are on and everything they're facing at school with bullying. So this is one day when the girls are all here. It's all good, it's all positive, and they're all meeting mentors from the community who are doing great things," said Girls World Expo event coordinator Varinda Missett.

Missett is worried that the message girls are getting from pop singers and shows like The Jersey Shore are sending young girls the wrong message about life.

Girls World aims to push girls in the right direction.

"We're worried about the message that girls are getting at this age. Not only from TV and celebrities but from online and from cyber bullying over the Internet," said Missett

I asked WBNG's own Erika Mahoney what she would tell her 13 year old self if she had the chance.

"Just be happy with who you are and always be confident," said Mahoney.

Lindsey Stoughton is a Girls World performer.

She sings inspirational songs designed to boost girls confidence.

She loves what she is doing, because she gets to help girls every time she sings.

"I always liked listening to music that makes me feel better and I want to be that for other girls," said Stoughton.

It's an event that these girls aren't likely to forget anytime soon.

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