Growing up, finding space was never an issue. Keeping and being comfortable in that space was. Most young girls are bullied by other girls, I was constantly bullied by young boys.
All of that played a huge role in how I saw myself and how I aggressively responded to people, specifically towards Black men. I never realized how damaging that was towards others and myself.
In high school, as much as I liked learning, I never liked staying in class, I fell back in some classes, completely blocked myself from believing in my full potential. This is where I had my wake up call. I had 3 teachers, these 3 amazing Black women, who saw and believed in my full potential even when I couldn’t see it in myself. They helped me understand I can do anything I wanted. Taught me that I didn’t have to stay in that place, showed me the differences I can make in society, my community and my life. Having them as my mentors shaped me into the person I am today, they invested in me and not once gave up on me. And to this day, they are still here supporting me, mentoring me and still teaching me.
They showed me #YesICan. And YES I DID.
They are the same reason why I work with organizations like @forusgirlss. Having a safe space for young women to share their experiences, to express self-love and self-acceptance, to have a space where they can believe in themselves, their fullest potential and so much more. Being a mentor to these young girls is so important to me, they are the youth and they are our future.
ForUsGirls strives to educate, empower and engage. We have various activities weekly in local high schools and evening and weekend programs in selected community centres.
Join our #yesshecancampaign.
Invest in the life of a teenager girl today. Tell her, #yesshecanovercome her insecurities, tell her #yesshecanachieve all her dreams. Tell her #yesshecanbreak the glass ceiling and have it all!
Please continue supporting ForUsGirls and donate to our campaign. Anything goes along way.
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