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Local program is empowering girls

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I Am That Girl is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building self-esteem and leadership capability in girls from 8 to 18. Our program supports the achievement of physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual, and economic success. Our organization engages girls in interactive learning experiences designed to build self-esteem and strong leadership that will help girls live a beautiful life inside and out. All girls leave knowing that they are Gifted. Important. Resilient. Loved.

Our foundation started in September 2017.

Being in Education for 27 years, our teens are facing unique challenges. Life is often hard to do on your own and there are few people that help us grow which can often lead to teens making poor choices. Having a role model or someone that can help lead you in the right direction can go a long way. I want to see young girls build strong confidence within themselves and have the leadership capability to be and do anything they desire in life.

I Am That Girl is a program designed to help young ladies in the community reach full potential. Mentoring sessions are provided, discussion topics on conflict resolution among teens, how to identify and handle bullying situations, how to raise self-esteem, and how to turn self-doubt into self-love. These things will help the girls develop leadership and social skills, among other skills.

As a young teenager, I was surrounded by people who love me, but not enough people who pushed me to do my very best. I was a good kid with excellent grandparents who often told me to do more than they did when they were my age, but they didn’t have the education or resources to make sure I did. Their encouragement and love were all I had, but they determined without a shadow of doubt that I was going to college. From college to where I am today has been most rewarding, but I often wondered if I had someone that challenged me, that tracked my path, that pushed me to my highest potential, where I would be today. Even with all that I have accomplished, I still don’t feel as though I have reached my highest self yet. The best is yet to come.One of my focuses and community projects is our H.O.P.E drive, Hygiene & Other Personal Care Essentials. There are many days that I break up fights or sit with young girls and watch them cry because their self-esteem has been crushed. They don’t have the essentials needed for everyday life. They are being picked on and being told they stink because they lack deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, etc.

Every year I do a H.O.P.E. Bag give away. These are bags donated by various community persons that are filled with everything a young girl will need from hygiene products to lip gloss. For the past year we have given out over 200 bags to girls in our community. On Nov. 17, 2022, we will be giving out the bags. It will be a Mother/Daughter Night Out.

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