As Shadee Murray skimmed through pages of fashion magazines, she created her own cover of what it means to be beautiful.

"You don't have to be perfect. You can be just like you, yourself," says Murray.

Murray is one of several teens taking part in the St. George's Theatre's free summer youth program.

For the past 12th years, the focus has always been on music and dancing.

But this year, an extra week of programming was added catering to teen girls.

"I feel its so important for young ladies to feel good about themselves," says Doreen Cugno, the Theatre's President and CEO.

The program includes a variety of self-esteem building exercises.  The theater has teamed up with Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that offers a variety of programs for girls ages 6 to 18. Staff say they want to inspire the girls to be strong, smart and bold.

"They will come with their own concerns. Oh I am not doing to well or I am concerned with my image. You just say its o-k be yourself,"  says Janay Jacobs, a program a specialist at Girls Inc.

"I found lots of new friends. They are very nice. No one is rude here. They just help us understand life," says a participating teen.

Next week the girls will learn a variety of dance techniques on the theater's iconic stage. Young boys will also participate.

Local high school and college students also help the kids with the projects and their dancing. They say they also get something out of it.

"It feels reassuring to see how motivated these girls can be," says a high school student.

Murray will be a freshman in high school next year. Her advice to other students is to be yourself and stay focused.

"If someone is talking about you ignore them, walk away. Focus on what you gotta focus on," Murray says.