Youth prepare for brighter futures

NewsChannel 15's Eryn Rogers and Police Chief Garry Hamilton spoke to young girls Saturday afternoon about their futures.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Around a dozen middle school and high school girls from around Fort Wayne participated in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rites of Passage ceremony Saturday afternoon.

The girls completed nine months of training focused on leadership skills, goal-setting, scholarship and education, community service, technology training, physical health and wellness, and enhancing self-esteem. Participants were exposed to leaders in the community through various workshops. The program provides primarily African-American women with character development and leadership training to empower and encourage them to pursue college after high school graduation and to take ownership of their futures.

The program also included giving five scholarship awards to deserving high-school female seniors from across the city. Awards ranged from $100 to $1000 and will help pay for college books and tuition for the upcoming school year.

Police Chief Garry Hamilton was the keynote speaker and talked to the young ladies about the importance of education, hanging with the right crowd, setting goals and exceeding expectations. NewsChannel 15’s Eryn Rogers was also the emcee of the event.

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