FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A local organization dedicated to building girls’ self-esteem and providing education is holding its annual empowerment conference on March 26.
Girlz Rock is a non-profit organization that works with schools, churches and youth centers meet the needs of girls of all ages.
“From the inside, you have to work on yourself before you are ready to present yourself to other people. So, it really helped me present myself in a better light, my actions, what I do every day, I think before I speak, I think before I act. Ms. Washington and the Girls Rock organization really helped me to become a better woman, Pryde Smith-Gilbert, a student at Girlz Rock said. “You really have a sense of sisterhood. Just growing up, you need a sisterhood, you need a bond and a loving and caring sisterhood and that’s what we have here.”
While the organization usually helps girls in sixth through twelfth grade, it recently added a mom and mentor program, fifth grade and college programs to support the demand.
“Schools were calling to get girls jump started from elementary to middle school,” Denita Washington, Executive Director of Girlz Rock said. “What we’re finding is we can repair girls but then they still have to go back home sometimes to mom and mentors who aren’t quite there yet and so we really wanted to add that mom and mentor piece so they could also get empowered.”
The conference is March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indiana Tech Law School located at 1600 E. Washington Blvd. in Fort Wayne. The registration deadline is March 11. To register or to volunteer, click here.