The pair recently launched Fashionable Amazing Beautiful (FAB) Teens, a health advocate group set up to tackle the myriad issues faced daily by WA teenagers.
As a health coach and mother of two, Ms Bates said teenagers were struggling with the expectations put on them by their peers and wider society.
‘We saw an issue with teenagers self-harming, lacking confidence and even
contemplating suicide, so we wanted to get to it early and get them healthy and confident before it becomes even more serious,’ she said.
‘The aim is to bring up a generation of confident young people.’
FAB Teens have been running holiday workshops for teenagers, with one scheduled for Cockburn this week.
Ms Hartley said after each workshop the self-confidence and knowledge was written all over the participants’ faces.
‘The best part about the program is seeing the difference in the girls at the end who had wearily walked in at the beginning,’ she said.
Teenager Courtney Bates said the workshops were important because many girls did not have self-confidence.
‘There are help lines but I think this is a better way to interact and show them in real life what they can have and that they don’t need to be like everyone else ” that they can be an individual.’
The duo now also run Inspirational Teens which will offer the opportunity for teenagers who cannot afford the FAB Teens to attend workshops. They have also been asked to move into workshops for tweens and teenage boys.