THE BLOG
03/20/2013 06:17 pm ET Updated May 20, 2013

My Open Letter to the W.I.S.E. Girls Family

Saturday March 16th will forever go down in history for me. That's a special day for me as it was the day where the Second annual W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Success Empowerment) Girls took place. We did it, another year of inspiring a younger generation of women!

Relecting back to last year when I envisioned the program, it's a great feeling knowing that we are in our second year of the program. Thinking of how many girls we reached and helped to change their lives for the better truly makes my heart smile.

W.I.S.E. Girls has given me a deeper love and passion for working with youth and serving as a positive mentor and role model. I've finally found my purpose in life and that is to serve my community and promote change in communities in need.

Seeing all the W.I.S.E. Girls campers smile and enjoy themselves during the camp in return helped me to enjoy my time with them. Towards the end of the program, I found myself not wanting the moment to end. I was proud, not only proud of myself but proud of everyone who helped to make my dream come to reality. Without the behind the scenes volunteers, there wouldn't have been a W.I.S.E. Girls program. I truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to the mission of the camp.

As I prepare to graduate in May I'm going to continue to make sure that W.I.S.E. Girls continues to happen at my school, Barton College. Even though I'm not going to be on campus next school year to prep for the 3rd annual event, I'm sure all the W.I.S.E. Women will make sure it happens. This program will forever be with me and I can't wait to see it grow and reach more young women worldwide.

To my W.I.S.E. Girls, please continue to inspire younger generations of girls. We have to continue to be the voice for every woman who doesn't have a voice, that girl who can't speak up in their country without being killed and the girl who is afraid. Hold your chin up, be confident and brave. Good luck! Generations of women will forever support and encourage you.

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