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Here's how Elevate.RA opens doors to female empowerment

The educational mentoring company empowers young girls to believe in themselves and live remarkable lives

Children's middle years are often marked by a growing independence from their families. During this phase, building and maintaining solid friendships are important for their development.

Not surprisingly, the middle years are also the time when peer pressure is most often experienced by children—especially young girls. It is also the same age where any problems related to acceptance and belonging are seen as a strong rejection on their part, which can lead to lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem.

With a vision to empower young girls especially those whose life experiences have led to challenges in their learning journeys, Elevate.RA has one lifelong passion: to champion and encourage girls between 9-13 years old to pursue their dreams and keep levels of their confidence up.

Elevate.RA is an educational mentoring company dedicated to empowering young girls, especially those with challenges that inhibit their learning journey. The brainchild of Ramita Anand, the company works to move girls from a fixed mindset thought process to practicing and living with a growth mindset where, even in a world full of difficulties, anything can happen.

"It is my hope to reach young girls who are at risk of losing their self-belief. Making a contribution to the growth of these girls emotionally, academically and socially has led me to pursue a different role from classroom teaching," says Anand.

Her interest in supporting children facing these challenges came after her son—who is now eleven years old—was diagnosed with autism at the tender age four. Working through his development on a daily basis cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically has taught her about neurodiversity.

Her career as a teacher also propelled her on this unique path.

"I have had almost 15 years of classroom-based teaching in diverse schools and in different cities internationally. A common thread that has emerged from each of my experiences across every school that I have worked in was the realisation that it is crucial for girls to be championed and encouraged to pursue their dreams and keep the levels of their confidence up," she said.

Elevate.RA employs proprietary methods to support girls in viewing their challenges as their own unique superpowers. It builds on the key values of confidence, empathy, resilience, emotional intelligence, and kindness as the foundation for lasting empowerment.

The company's podcast series is an extension of this vision. Through honest conversations, shared experiences and providing a safe environment for them to realise their potential, the Elevate podcast aims to equip girls with the right tools to better navigate the pressures and challenges that may face them throughout their school and professional careers.

According to the company: "Elevate.RA truly believes that each one of our girls is, in their own way, a real-life superhero. She may just be in training, but that is completely fine because, as we all know, even Batman needs Robin to help him achieve his desired goal. Our vision is to build strategies and to discover approaches together that we can use to motivate our young girls to find their own superpowers and lift them up to be independent and strong, enabling them to achieve their best."

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