Flint native's mentor young girls through "Reach Back Pull Forward" program


Ashley Green, Program Director of Girls with Gifts in Flint, uses her gift to make sure young girls know about resources available to them.

Green says, "They just need a little support and some resources to be able to further develop those gifts."

Girls like Jada Rogers and Jazzlin Cleveland attended workshops and learned important skills they can use in the future.

Rogers says, "This program has given me the roots into my future and I think it's important to always put yourself first."

Cleveland says, "Being yourself and embracing who you are, that's what I learned."

Mentee's learn social, emotional and professional tools, and efforts are paying off.

Lamaya Cunning says, "I came out my shell. I used to be really shy and now I'm just really outgoing."

Kanaria Davis says, "I didn't know I could connect with people the way I did here. Before I was just so shy and didn't talk to anybody."

Ariel Anderson, discovered talents she didn't know she possessed.

"That gift is acting. I found out that I'm like really comfortable in front of people and I can be like a different person," said Anderson.

Watching the girl's blossom is the reason Kayla Naylor says she volunteers her time.

"I was that girl that was in Flint and didn't have anyone to reach back and pull me up. They need someone to pour into them, to tell them that they're beautiful, to tell them to be confident. I just want to take time to build them back up," said Naylor.

If you have a daughter aged 13 to 17 who may be interested, visit www.girlswithgifts.org.

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