By Chevont’e Alexander
As the old adage says, it takes a village to raise a child.
“It truly takes the entire community to raise a child and provide the support that child needs” says Chalmers.
The dream of Girls Can is to see young girls overcome challenges and achieve excellence in education, well-being, and supporting their community. Girls Can believes it takes a holistic approach to tackle challenges faced by girls in today’s society and their programming is designed to address several areas that have been identified as significant to the successful development of adolescent girls. Girls Can plans to do its part in the community to help ensure that our young girls grow up to be smart, esteemed young women.
The mission of Girls Can is to nurture and propel young girls to excellence through guided self-awareness, community engagement and independent thinking. Girls Can empowers young ladies with exposure to positive role models and motivates them with knowledge and experiences that expand their perspective on the world and understanding of themselves. Girls Can, not only wants to provide information and be a viable resource, but also be able to change lives.
“We want our students to come away from this program with information that will help them make better choices and understand that no one can be a better you than you,” says founder Kia Chalmers.
Girls Can focuses on goals that encompass several critical areas that have been found to be the most significant to girls as they develop. Learning to accept themselves as unique individuals and then building outward into positive relationships helps to build a life-long foundation of strong self-esteem.
Increase knowledge in program focus areas
• Health and Wellness
• Relationship Building/ Communications
• Self-Worth and Awareness
• Education/ Goal Setting
• Community Involvement/ Social Responsibility
Students will participate and be exposed to activities they have never done before.
During the summer camp students hear, see and do things they have never done such as yoga, zumba, and learning to make a budget. All of these activities open our students’ minds to the vast number of opportunities they have in the world. We also believe that if our girls can see real people in careers that are of interest to them they will be more likely to follow through on dreams of reaching their true goals.
Build new positive relationships with peers and role models.
It has been proven over and over again that the value of mentorship is immeasurable. Having someone to guide and support you throughout development and challenges will increase the success rate of our students as they navigate middle school and have to make tough choices and face peer pressure.
“Dare to be yourself. Emerge…unfold…unveil your possibilities but be natural. Have no pretenses and show your softer side. Be content, but don’t forget to dream… and when you do…SOAR!!!”
Girls Can, With Your Help
Heading into the second year of the Girls Can summer camp the sky is the limit.
Girls Can continues to make an impact in the Richmond community. They look forward to expanding their services to include programs for elementary and high school aged girls. Girls Can also hopes to partner with other organizations focused on the success of girls in the Richmond area in order to multiply their efforts for the betterment of the Richmond community.
Girls Can depends heavily on the talent and time of committed volunteers. Volunteers receive annual training and are prepared to volunteer during the one-week summer camp. Other areas of interest for volunteers include but are not limited to the following:
• Special Events
• Fundraising Events
• Summer Camp Program Facilitators
• Summer Camp Group Leaders
• Marketing and program promotions
• Corporate/Small Business Support
• School and non-profit partnerships
Girls Can is planting the seeds for young girls to have a successful future, and they need the community support to make that possible.
To find out more about sponsorship, donating or volunteer opportunities, please contact Jetheda Hernandez at (804) 277-4313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.