Today’s teens are stepping up to be the change that will create a better world for everyone, and their leadership has become impossible not to notice. From Marley Dias demanding inclusive representation in children’s books to Parkland activists like Emma González calling for an end to gun violence in schools, the future men and women (and everything in between) of America are cultivating a community that advances conversations where everyone’s voices can be heard. And the key ingredient in that movement? Confidence.

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growing up, I had so many people telling me what confidence is and how to embody it. no one gave me a straight answer. but that's the thing, self confidence does not have a step by step guide. that's why I decided to be confident in the way that felt true for me. and for me, that means embracing my disability, being wholly proud of my queerness, redefining what beauty means for me and how I strive for it, writing good poetry and bad poetry, and never going quietly, refusing to let my voice be taken and doing my part to change the world. confidence means radical self love and acceptance in a world where my womanhood, my disability, my illness, and my queerness is often times under attack. and then, getting to work to change that world to be better. I am worthy. I am beautiful. I am powerful. I am empowering. I am confident. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ confidence is different for everyone. sure, there's a dictionary definition but confidence as a monolith is a social construct. that's why I want to know what confidence means to you and ways ways in which you show your confidence using #CaptureConfidence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @instagram, @goodmorningamerica, and @confidencecodegirls created this campaign. to remind us that we are all worthy and we are all confident in our own ways, on the days when you feel like a million bucks and on the days when you don't. to remind us that it is okay to be confident in an unconventional way. live by your own rules. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
submit your photo on Instagram today showing us what confidence looks like to you with the hashtag #CaptureConfidence (and tag me! I wanna see all you confident pals!) for a chance to be featured on Good Morning America next week! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ image description: [ellie in her wheelchair against a yellow background. she has one fist in the air and is holding a protest sign that says "include disabled people in activism" in the other. she has an empowered look on her face.] photo by: @blairbbrown

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Many of us probably remember being less-than-confident during our own teen years. It isn’t easy to feel free to be yourself when who “yourself” is can feel radically different from day to day. But for so many of us, that struggle is real WAY beyond our teens. It turns out that being cool with who you are is a lifelong journey of discovery, care, and, most of all, self-validation and acceptance.

We’re teaming up with Instagram and a group of fierce teen ‘grammers to #CaptureConfidence and celebrate the things that make us unique. And we’re inviting you to join us in following their lead.

Take Lizzie, the 16-year-old behind @lizzy.dances, who uses Instagram to change the stereotypes about dancers’ bodies by proudly displaying her own. Or 17-year-old Ellie, whose account @elliewheels brings visibility to disability rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. Lexi, AKA @curlanistas, is only 13, yet she’s already the author of empowering children’s books and the founder of the Curlanistas movement, which inspires young girls to embrace their natural hair.

These young women have chosen to show themselves in their element, and now you can too.

Show us what confidence looks like to you using the hashtag #CaptureConfidence for a chance to have your photo featured on Good Morning America on Wednesday, April 4.

What are you waiting for?#CaptureConfidence and embrace that which makes you uniquely yourself.

(Photos via @blairbbrown)