Every Thursday afternoon at Smith Middle School, a group of girls gather to talk about what’s on their minds. With Volunteers for Youth’s Nicole Hunter leading the discussion, the girls look forward to their weekly check-ins and the chance to hear from and offer support to one another. Volunteers for Youth designed Every Girl Counts as a life skills group, with a goal of helping participants do better in school and life in general, but for the girls who attend each week, Every Girl Counts is much more than that.
In their own words, the girls explain what Every Girl Counts means to them.
“You can say pretty much anything and won’t really be judged.”
“It doesn’t matter what color you are, it is just the ‘sisters.’”
“Every girl is important.”
“You can always be yourself and let out what is on your mind.”
“It doesn’t matter what you look like and how you are, we still love and care for each other.”
Category: 30 Years