BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - There's a growing need to help guide teen girls and young women in our community and The Good Girls Project is hoping to help.
The non-profit kicked off its annual Leap for Growth Program on Saturday at the Five Points West Library.
The program works to educate and empower young girls through financial literacy, health, finances, entrepreneurship and scholarships.
It's an 11-month program, where mentors are working with an age group the founder of the program says is often overlooked.
"At the adolescent stage of development, girls are challenged in areas that, if not addressed properly, will begin a cycle of depression, self-esteem issues, and bad behaviors. It is our goal through the LEAP for Growth Program to prevent and break these cycles," said founder LaTausha Daniels.
Renice Harris, a member of cohort 1 and a 2018 high school graduate, added: "The Good Girl Project's LEAP for Growth program helped me in many ways, like budgeting and helping me to gain more self-confidence." Harris said , before the Good Girl Project she had very low confidence and being in the group helped change that I call them my family, it helped me to build and taught me how to manage my money. Over all the Good Girl Project was one of the best organizations that I have been in."
Shania Shelby, who is attending the University of Montevallo majoring in elementary education this fall, and her mom, Christie Collins, agree that the Good Girl Project has helped her to be more assertive and self-aware.
As part of their culminating activities, the participants will have the opportunity to apply for The LEAP for Growth Scholarship, in which the winner receives a technology package that includes a fully loaded laptop, printer, and much more.
"We are a team of educated women who want to see this next generation learn from the past and move into a brighter and better future. We are empowered women empowering future generations," said Daniels.
To find out how your child can participate, visit The Good Girls Project website here.