It is important to feel good about yourself - to like yourself. This is called self-esteem. High self-esteem happens when you experience positive feelings - feeling like you belong, and feeling like you are in control of your life. We all need to know it's ok to feel special.
Self-esteem is a feeling that is partly determined by what others say about us, what they say to us and how they treat us. So, we affect each other's self-esteem.
Self-esteem is a feeling that influences how you cope. It influences how you handle life's situations. It is normal for self-esteem to go up and down when changes occur in your life. It is important for you to feel like you can change your self-esteem when you are feeling low.
If you are struggling with any of these feelings, you may want to talk with your parents, family member, a friend, someone at school, clergy, or a professional counselor. (See counseling for more information.)
The following organizations will provide information and/or assistance (click on the agency's name for more information):
Boys and Girls Club of Geneva
Recreational activities are provided as a way to build relationships with children with the goal of enhanced youth development.
Finger Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America
Organizes Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Explorer organizations in the Finger Lakes area.
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes
Various counseling and educational programs, including parenting programs.
Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes
(315)789-2613 or (877)789-2613 toll free
Individual counseling, family counseling, play therapy, sexual abuse assessment and treatment, Hispanic youth groups.
Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council
Organizes Girl Scout activities in a 13-county area including Ontario County.
Geneva Family YMCA
Provide recreational opportunities including swimming, gymnastics, leaders club, summer camps, after-school programs, sports leagues and wellness programs.
Greater Canandaigua Family YMCA
Many activities are offered such as swimming, basketball, before- and after-school child care, and a teen center.
Clifton Springs Area YMCA
The YMCA provides a variety of activities for families and children, including summer programs. No youth membership is charged.
First United Methodist Church of Canadaigua Youth Group
Recreation program for teens on Saturdays from 3:30-5 p.m. and other events as scheduled. All are welcome.