ABOUT I AM CONFIDENT UNIVERSITY™
I Am Confident University™ is a series of programs that teach confidence buidling and mental health awareness to girls.
14 year old Sumer Strawbree, helps girls unleash the power of positive affirmations to improve their self-confidence and manifest a life that they deserve.
With 10,000 books sold worldwide, the positive affirmations in the book "Black, Brown and Beautiful" are the ultimate guide for improving girls self-esteem and confidence.
TEEN GIRLS ARE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
This should bother you?
- Nearly 3 in 5 U.S. teen girls felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021 (CDC, 2023)
- 30% of the girls surveyed reported seriously considering suicide and 13% attempted suicide one or more times in 2021. (PBS, 2023)
- Among the 3.8 million adolescents ages 12–17 who reported a major depressive episode in the past year, nearly 60% did not receive any treatment (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2019)
"I teach girls how to unlock their subconscious mind to bring out the superhero that is already inside of them..."
ABOUT SUMER STRAWBREE
BULLIED AT SCHOOL BY FRIENDS
Sumer Strawbree turned a series of school bullying incidents and manifested them into her BEST SELLING coloring book with affirmations, 'Black, Brown and Beautiful'.
Her negative experiences have allowed young girls, college aged girls and older women to connect with her in solidarity with their experiences as well.
There is something that they see inside of Sumer Strawbree that draws them to her sharing their stories; sometimes in tears of joy.
She has created a movement that has a simple message that all girls and women desire. That is to be confident.
Now, in the 9th grade...everyday before school and in the evening, she reads her affirmations aloud with her dad in a call and response fashion. Her positive self-image is continuing to rise.
She hopes that girls will not only color the positive images on the pages of her coloring book, but would also take the time to read affirmations daily building their self-esteem.
In 2019, Sumer Strawbree won the Master Artist Award from a local art studio. In 2020, she won her school district's Youth Arts Month Award and was named Artist of the Year by her elementary school.
2021 was her biggest year to date winning 1st place at Kid$ Bi$ Children's Fair out of 35 other youth landing her press attention with The Orlando Sentinel, Spectrum News 13 and the Sanford Herald newspaper.
In 2023, she won first place digital art winner (Celebrating Black History Creative Art Contest) awarded by the Orlando Magic and Orlando Museum of Art.
Sumer Strawbree has donated copies of 'Black, Brown and Beautiful' to Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando and Delaware and to inner city schools across the nation that have a high population of at risk youth.
She has lead vision board workshops at the Orlando Science Center for its visiting paying guests and families. Guests have a great time and leave with a sense of purpose for their lives.
Furthermore, Sumer has spoken to girls at non profits and schools about how she was bullied and how she took back control of her self esteem through writing and reading positive affirmations daily.
Sumer Strawbree is the author and illustrator of 'Black, Brown and Beautiful', "Glow Up', 'My Career Glow Up', and her children's Picture book 'Black, Brown, Beautiful, BULLIED'.
Her goals are to earn a scholarship through art for college, have her art in art galleries, have her images of black girls on products at Target stores.