A nonprofit called
is working to shape the lives of young girls in Harford County by giving them the tools they need to succeed.
Caitlyn Davis, founder and CEO, remembers that throughout her childhood, many women have helped her through her life.
"A lot of women were constantly showing me things, learning things and mixing with my life in different ways," Davis said.
She was a sister for whom she was grateful to have grown up.
"That's why I really learned the things I'm good at, where I can go for things that are not, and where I've always felt really supported and protected," he said. Davis.
Davis realized that not all girls had the same support and protection as they had when they grew up. So she decided to do something about it.
"I launched Empower Girls in 2014 to provide girls with basic insights into their journey to becoming women," Davis said.
"From a mental health perspective, I understand that you absolutely need strong social and emotional support in this type of situation," said Empower Girls Vice President Taisha Vinson.
Through workshops and mentoring programs, Davis provides girls with the support they need.
"Unfortunately, as I am in schools every day, I see the worst," said Vinson. "There have been some rather negative events in the school year so far. But we have been able to do something to compensate for some of those bad vibrations and some of the negative situations in which some of the girls have fallen. "
Teach a message of strength and power from within and empower young girls by showing them that they can accomplish anything that goes through their heads.
"The biggest message I want to receive from you is that if you continue to present yourself, I will continue to do it for you," said Davis. "And when you arrive where you want to be, introduce yourself to someone else. Join back and be that guiding light for someone else because each of us is able to point the way to someone else, "Davis said.
The organizers say that Empower Girls helps about 10-12 girls ages 8 to 18 in almost every school in Harford County. They have recently begun to expand to operate in Baltimore City in the hope of empowering even more young girls.