Labels hurt, labels heal

Labels word artRich. Poor. Southerner. Midwesterner. Urbanite. Farmer. First Responder. Victim. How we label a group of people impacts our view of them and how we interact or respond to them. Labels can elevate or put down even without a particular intent. We may even label ourselves.

There is a power in labels and definitions that cannot be ignored. For so many children served by B&GH, they are also fighting the labels and corresponding definitions placed on them. They have been labeled troublemakers, victims, stupid, unimportant, outcasts, and many other things.

How can these children redefine themselves?

This redefinition process starts with care addressing all aspects of the child’s development – physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual. As each moment of care shapes experiences, the feeling of personal value increases. Confidence builds and the labels begin to change to those with more positive definitions – Survivors. Successes. Leaders. Thrivers.

Our goal is for every child to see the brighter future available to them through growth, acceptance, understanding and achievement to help them redefine themselves and their view of their place in the world.

Supporter. Advocate. Contributor. Donor. How will you define your experience with B&GH?

Melissa Hopkins is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

Learn more about how you can help.

Read Previous Post: Six-Word Story

Read Next Post: Classic TV, B&GH, and the Definition of Family