A champion for mothers and daughters everywhere through her books and global speaking engagements, Wynter Pitts launched For Girls Like You as a quarterly print magazine for tween girls on a borrowed laptop in 2012. In no time, For Girls Like You amassed thousands of subscribers from every state in the union, as well as readers in Australia, South Africa, England and more. When Pitts unexpectedly passed away this past July, her family and staff came together to continue publishing the magazine in honor of her memory and to fulfill her mission and vision: to empower and equip girls to walk boldly into becoming who God created them to be, and to provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers.
The September/October issue, available now, is a tribute to Wynter's legacy and features her and husband Jonathan's four girls (Alena, Kaitlyn, Camryn and Olivia) on the cover. It is widely known that it was her girls she most wanted to influence, and so she poured her heart and soul into touching every part of the magazine with this personal passion.
As Jonathan Pitts wrote in the Welcome Letter for this special issue: "Wynter started shining God's light in this magazine and her light is still shining even though she is gone. God put her here on this earth for a time because he had a job for her to do, and a work for her to accomplish. She did that job very well. She shined the light for girls just like you, including her daughters, and now we want to keep bringing you this magazine, so every issue can continue Wynter's dream, and be a light to encourage you to find and know God's love and light."
Each issue of For Girls Like You is fun, interactive, "edutainment" and features contributions and interviews from familiar faces as well as everyday girls who are choosing to live and shine for Christ. Regular contributors and partners in the magazine's ministry include AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS, DANNAH GRESH'S SECRET KEEPER GIRLS and ERIN WEIDEMANN'S BIBLE BELLES. Also inside, girls will find Bible study, current fiction, visits to girls around the globe, craft ideas, games and puzzles, and most of all, opportunities for readers to contribute to every issue through SPRINKLES, where art work, stories, poems, dreams, news, anything readers want to send in are shared or by answering the "question of the issue" as presented through the magazine's email newsletter.
The September/October issue includes all of this as well as a spread where readers can get to know Alena, Kaitlyn, Camryn and Olivia, and a few special sections in memory of Pitts:
Chrystal Evans Hurst, Wynter's "sister-cousin" penned the feature article "Wynter's Last Yes," along with Adie Camp, wife of Jeremy Camp, encouraging readers in a piece entitled "When Someone You Love Dies." Additionally, several friends' of the Pitts family including Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Natalie Grant, Rebekah Lyons and Emily West wrote letters to her four daughters.
The passion that started with her four girls spilled over into a bigger community with For Girls Like You, is spelled out in Wynter's own words on the website:
As Christian parents, we have a difficult job. On one hand we need to be invested in our daughter's interests and passions. On the other hand, we need to be instilling values and boundaries that will last a lifetime.
Our daughters are growing up and wanting "to know" and be in "the know." They are dying to watch the shows that their friends are talking about. They are doing their best to imitate their BFFs and want to have on trendy clothes just like "so and so". Even if they aren't hearing it in your home, they are beginning to memorize the latest pop songs on radio. While there may be nothing wrong with any of these things in and of themselves, they should not be the driving force behind our daughter's identity. Think about it. What and who is defining the wants of our little girls?
There are few healthy entertainment options for our daughters in today's culture. In fact, most of it contradicts the very values we are striving to implant.
As a part of the solution, For Girls Like You has removed the contradicting perspectives, questionable advertisements and negative images, in order to provide a safe environment for our girls to freely explore their God-given passions. It is my desire that this be an added source to assist you in your efforts to raise beautiful and healthy daughters whose identity is wrapped up in the love of Jesus.