Why your daughter should be a Star Sister

Our Star Sister mentorship program recently launched, and we have had a great response of people wanting to be mentors. We would like to put out a call to parents to encourage your daughters ages 10-17 to get involved in the program.

So, why should your daughter be a Star Sister?

1. To gain a mentor

This program was created with girls going through the trying middle school and high school years in mind. Those “growing up” years can be tough, and Turner Syndrome can make it even harder to navigate the challenges of school, extracurriculars, and friends that can be overwhelming. We would like to connect your daughter with a Star Sister to support her in those tough transitions- someone who has been through them herself. Her Star Sister will not be serving as a guidance counselor, but can be someone who listens without judgment, provide advice based on her own experience, and make her know that she is not alone and she will get through it.

2. To gain a friend

It can be tough for anyone to make true friends in this growing period of a girl’s life, as all girls are going through the same struggles. However, your daughter’s Star Sister will be a selfless friend, someone whom they can get to know but ultimately will be there to keep it positive, without an emphasis on her own problems. I think we could all benefit from having a friend like that, and I’m sure your daughter would really appreciate it too!

3. To be a self-advocate

One of the main reasons we created the Star Sisters program was to provide girls with Turner Syndrome a way to spread awareness about their own disorder. We hope that older women who do not have Turner Syndrome will sign up as mentors, and this is an opportunity for them to learn about it through the eyes of someone who experiences the challenges it brings every day. When your daughter informs her Star Sister about Turner Syndrome, that will create a chain in which the information can be passed along through new groups of people, spreading awareness across the country. Even if her Star Sister also has Turner Syndrome, together they can come up with ways to self-advocate through the strength they share, forming a bond, and inspiring them to raise awareness in their own communities.

The list of reasons why your daughter should be a Star Sister goes on and on, but we think these three are at the top. Please encourage your daughter to give it a chance, as she might be making a new lifelong friend.

She can sign up here, with your help and permission:

https://turnersyndromefoundation.org/star-sisters/

Please email advocacy@tsfusa.org if you have any questions.

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