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Meet the Neighbor By Callie Thomas Snyder is a board certified clinical psychologist spe- cializing in young women’s issues. She started a non-profit called Girl Nation in 2015 as a means of reaching out into the community and helping more young girls to be strong, active leaders in society. “I’ve been working with young women for many years specializing in eating disorders and negative body image,” says Snyder. “Ultimately, the idea behind Girl Nation is to cause a shift in young girl’s thinking from self-doubt to self-esteem as they grow up being strong, confident leaders.” Women, and Child Haven.” In addition to making Valentine’s Day gifts for the children at Child Haven, donating dollars from a mother/daughter yoga fundraiser at Refuge for Women, Girl Nation has hosted an event called Birthday Bash at Shade Tree. Girl Nation ambassadors organized a birthday party celebrating the children who were spending their birthday month living in the shelter. “They played games with the children and each ambassa- dor brought a gift for one child. Seeing the shelter and meeting with the kids helped the girls feel empathy and compassion for them. Acts of Kindness is one of our pillars, and I was blown away by the generosity and kindness our girls expressed to the children,” recalls Snyder. “It was such a won- derful experience that Girl Nation will be hosting this event every few months.” Since the inception of Girl Nation, more than 200 young women have participated in the program. They learn of the Girl Nation “pillars”: Self Love, Be Unique, Friendship, Mind Body, Acts of Kindness, Nutrition and Dance. “As founder I like the organ- ization to take an active role in charity, and we’ve assisted groups such as The Shade Tree, Refuge for Making a difference is an integral part of Carli Snyder’s life, not only as a doctor, but as a wife and mother of three. “It’s getting out of yourself and being present for the people who need what you have to offer, whether its serving at a soup kitchen or throwing a birthday party for kids in need. I feel that being hands on 2FRǒvFvfR&6( )x`6WFV&W"7F&W"#pFFFRfW'W6Rb66VF26f7F 7FrFVV2VW"66WF6RBvRЦ'6W76VBFVvB&6W722BG2Vf"FVVvW'2W7V6ǒVrvV( vVFVV2FWfV6VbЦW7FVVFV"&6f"FW&W76B熖WGFV7&V6W2G&F6ǒ( 6FW"6B( Bv&FvRFV6v&2rFfRVF&VЧF6vFFV6VfW2BFV"VW'26RF@fVFF26RFW6'6&"66VFvFFffW&VBW'7V7FfR( v&F6ffW'266'6&w&Fv&2vFW'v6RvVBBfR'GVGFFRFR6726WfW&v&2fR&VG&V6VfV@66'62BFRfVVF&6v26frF@6FW"2WFrFR&w&F&VvFV gVG&6rVff'G2FRw&W&V6VFǒ7FVBFP2fVv2&V֖W"bF7VVF'f6V@67&VVvW'2'FW'6vFFRFVR62fVv2vW&RFF2vW&R66WFVBFPfRFw2FFRƗfW2bFVVvW'2BrFPFRFW7VBƖRVffV7G2FV"VGV6FfЦǒƖfRg&VG62BW'66fWG6FW"rvF&&&66VVBdfЦvrFR67&VVr6fW&rF727V62'VǒЦr66Ff&2fFVv֖rBFW&W@FF7FU42%D5BEU%%4BD@FRFVbW"VvB( &.( 6Rg&ЦW"vW"f6RFBv2( F&VBbVWЦrbFW6RfVVƖw26FRBB7VrWf"ח6Vb( FR6r2VvW&rG&'WFP&WBFr6G&B'F7V"W76vRFW"Vrf2&WB6VbW7FVVB&V6v旦pFV"W"6ƖRW''( 2W76vRG"6&ƒ6FW"2FWFW&֖VBFVFRWBvVW&ЧFbVrv&2FV'&6RFV"WG&&F'6Vb3