Lauren Galley – Girls Above Society

Lauren Galley - Girls Above SocietyI’m Lauren Marie Galley. I’m 18 years old and I am so excited to launch my new organization Girls Above Society. My Mission is to bring awareness and mentorship to young teen girls facing the tough pressures of today’s society.

My Story

My story is exciting in so many ways and I’m thrilled to share it with you in hopes that you will be inspired to make a difference too.

Growing up in the theater from the age of 5 I spent countless hours watching my Mom direct musicals for youth community theaters. I loved the sense of family, meeting new friends and performing for sold out crowds, watching them leave with a smile on their face knowing our job was done, but as I look back what I learned and took away was a sense of dedication, leadership, respect, and self confidence. Those qualities and my passion for everyone to be able to do what they love was the root of Girls Above Society.

My high school years were spent in AP classes, theater, and choir. I was extremely lucky to be surrounded by so many awesome and talented friends. I wasn’t the typical high school girl that hung out with the party crowd. Many people tell me I’m like a 30 year old in an 18 year old’s body… I laugh, it’s true and I’ll take that!!

Broadway wasn’t my calling and my desire to work in film/TV became a possibility so I took an uncharted path, left high school my junior year, enrolled in college and began taking dual credit classes and fell in love with the business. I have had so many wonderful opportunities and continue to learn and grow from amazing mentors in the business.

I’ve always loved children and through my middle school and high school years I watched so many teens become followers because of peer pressure that resulted in being bullied, losing self confidence and in many cases reaching the point of depression and suicide. I always wondered how someone could feel so bad about themselves and what I wondered even more was why they let others define who they were. I was lucky, I have great parents who support me and instill the qualities I needed to be confident.

I realized many of my friends were not so lucky… Society defines our vision of what things “should” be. One example : Beautiful models grace the covers of every magazine we see. Young girls feel the pressure to look like these models and they will go to extreme measures to feel validated. Young boys see the images and decide that is exactly what a girl should look like and the vicious cycle begins.

Girls Above Society

I decided I really wanted to give back and make a difference for young teen girls facing the tough pressures of today’s society, so I talked to my mentor and acting coach Cylk Cozart about my vision and he immediately said YES! An incredible board of directors was formed and we hit the ground running!! I really wanted to launch a program that would get girls talking to each other about these issues as well as provide educational material while having fun at the same time. I named it “GIRL TALK”.

Girls Above Society is very proud to have Cynsings Studios writing, directing, and filming a series based on many of the pressures of today’s society. I love sitting with the girls as we view one of the videos, watching their expressions and how relatable the message is to their lives. They begin to realize they are not alone, we all feel the pressures!!

Discussing the video really brings home the need for girls to talk to each other and their family. After the discussion we make a really beautiful “glitter jar” they personally decorate. I remind them that if they are ever feeling stressed, watching the glitter fall helps to calm and allows you to think more clearly. We end our program with a red carpet style photo shoot in front of our Girls Above Society Backdrop!

I really love watching the girls have fun and I get to teach them a little bit about modeling and how to take a great photo they can be proud of. One organization I’m especially excited to work with is Boys and Girls Country. This organization houses 88 school age children on a magnificent facility in Waller, Texas. Most of the children housed at Boys and Girls Country are there due to the fact their parents are incarcerated or are unable to take care of them. I feel so special to touch their lives and give them hope and inspire them to have self confidence to be great leaders in their community one day.

Girls Above Society gives hope and self confidence which will give young teen girls today the power to make decisions that will determine their future by their true beliefs and self worth. In time, my hopes are that we will change society and the pressures put on teen girls will be of a different value. The inside always outweighs what’s on the outside in the end…..

I’d love to hear YOUR stories!

Sharing our experiences is just another way to help teen girls realize they are not alone. Visit our website and share your experiences ~ Who knows? You may be helping another young girl get through the tough times! Help us continue production of our wonderful series for our “Girl Talk” through our donation link on our website’s Home Page.

I’m Lauren Marie Galley the Founder and President of Girls Above Society…. I’m Making a Difference…One Girl at a Time….

About Lauren Galley

Lauren Marie Galley's desire to help young teens gain self confidence and leadership led to her launch (at the age of 17) Girls Above Society. This non profit organization’s mission is to provide mentorship and awareness to young teen girls facing the pressures of today’s society. Lauren has been featured on ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” as well as National Commercials such as Fox Sports and Jarritos. Modeling for boutiques, charity fashion shows, and catalogue print work lets the world see the confidence, beauty, and intelligence attached to a contagious smile that warms everyone she meets.

23 Responses to “Lauren Galley – Girls Above Society”

  1. Kudos to you for standing above the crowd and encouraging other girls to do the same. It definitely is a sad, sad cycle and so many young women are under-appreciated by themselves and others.

    • TerriAnn,
      I’m really hoping that if more girls gain self confidence society won’t be able to dictate what is “perfect”!! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

  2. Hey Lauren, thanks for writing this post and for all you’re doing to help mentor girls towards a healthy self-image and making good choices.

    It’s tough being a teen these days. Lots of pressure to look a certain way or do certain things to be accepted. We all (teens and adults) need to be grounded in the truth and connected with others who will remind us that we are valued and accepted no matter what.

    • Paul, It is TOUGH being a teen I was fortunate and had great mentors like yourself so I’m hoping that the teen girls I meet will feel they have someone to look up to and a new friend. Sometimes that all it takes to feel a little more confident and make good decisions. Thank you so much again for the opportunity to blog for LI. Inspiration all the way!!

  3. Hello Lauren,

    Great what you are doing. Always happy to help stop by my LinkedIn profile and feel free to connect http://www.linkedin.com/in/dstepel/

    Regards
    Dan

    • Thanks Dan!
      Your awesome for taking the time to read my blog and I’m on LI so I’ll be sure to connect with you!

  4. You are doing good stuff… all the best for your future work

    • Thank you so much Wayne!! I appreciate you letting me know! It’s people like yourself that help teens like me continue to make a difference!

  5. I love to see what you are doing, you are gonna be so valuable to everyone as you already are!

    • Hi Miriam,
      Thank you Miriam. I’m hoping to touch as many teens as possible so feel free to share my website. A new Mini-Mag launches tomorrow so I’m very excited about getting teens even more involved!!

  6. Lauren, you are awesome! Congratulations on helping others and being a blessing.

  7. Congratulations Lauren – great idea – love the initiative. Teen years are so hard – all that peer pressure. … Great to see you doing something to ease that burden. … Feel free to connect with me via http://xeeme.com/Stewart_Marshall … Cheers, Stewart

    • Stewart!! Thanks so much for your support. So many adults don’t realize what pressures teens are facing these days! It’s really tough and the media doesn’t make it easy for teen girls. I’m so excited to make a difference and be a great mentor:)

  8. Great job Lauren…..Keep up the great work!

  9. What a positive and inspiring dream to help young girls develop self confidence and groom their leadership skills. I wish you all the best in your endeavors!! Keep up the great work! You never know what lives you will affect and change!

    ~Erin

  10. Hi Lauren

    Love the post and the video. I think this is a brilliant initiative. I have a 10 year old daughter who is already making comments that she is “too fat”. I feel that this is coming from kids at school but is also influenced by the images portrayed on television and in magazines. I will certainly be recommending that she check out your website.

    This is a great thing that you are doing and I know that you will have a positive influence on so many young teens and pre-teens alike. Thank you so much,

    Regards

    Dale

    • Dale,
      Your an awesome Dad to realize what young girls are facing in today’s society. When I was 10 I wasn’t even worried about that and no one talked about it either…. That was only 8 years ago and now things are really crazy with girls feeling the need to be “perfect”. I want girls to know they have something amazing to offer and “perfection” isn’t defined by your size :)

  11. Good luck to your organization Lauren. You will surely touch and inspire a lot of teens.

    • Thank you Sarah!! I love it when I leave a “Girl Talk” and one of the girls comes to me and tells me i made a difference!! One girl at a time…..

  12. Lauren, This is a great need in our society. I’m so glad you are stepping up to the plate to mentor girls. God will bless you for that. blessings, Amy

    • Amy, Your so awesome to take the time to comment! I really appreciate your support and I totally agree more teen mentors are needed in today’s society. My goal with Girls Above Society is to have “Girl Talks” with great teen mentors all over the world. That would be such a cool movement:)

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