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When First Christian Reformed Church of Barrie, Ontario, decided to host a conference about the issues facing pre-teen girls, the response was overwhelming. More than 500 mothers and daughters came; some drove five hours to attend.  

The conference tackled issues of body image, girl politics, and relationships. “Today’s young girls are facing ever-growing pressures from society, friends, and themselves to grow up fast. Add in changing hormones and, well, you get the idea,” said event organizer Kristin Klein.

Klein learned about the “Beauty of Believing” Faithgirlz Tour at a GEMS counselor conference and helped bring it to Barrie. As a mother of a pre-teen girl, Klein realized that it pinpointed issues that girls her daughter’s age were dealing with.

“It was phenomenal,” said Klein.

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