GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Growing up can be tough, especially with different messages constantly filtering through to your kids telling them what they have to have and who they should be to “be cool”.
One group in Pitt County is working to help teenage girls combat the culture.
9 On Your Side is taking a look at the heart of it all in this week’s Positively Carolina.
“A lot of those girls are going home at night wondering if they are truly valuable,” explained Liz Liles, Daughters of Worth founder.
Middle and high school can be a very confusing place, especially for teen girls. A new organization, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, is working to help those girls find a place to belong.
“Daughters of Worth began with seeing a need in teen girls and young girls,” said Liles. “How can you help them when their lives are disrupted every day by all these messages that are not true?”
Mentors work with teens to deliver a simple message.
“We can’t fix all the things that are happening that are wrong in the world,” explained Liles. “We can’t fix your family or the community or the school but what we can do it offer this. We can extend our love to you.”
Although some were leery at first, they all agree the program is life-changing.
“I have someone to talk to when I need to,” said Darnasia Maye, Daughters of Worth. “Now it’s like, there are people that get me.”
Some of the girls say the field trips are their favorite.
“I was able to swim in a lake,” said Brittany Darden, Daughters of Worth. “I’ve never swam in a lake before and get on a boat. A nice boat! That was fun.”
Others argue the guest speakers are the most impactful.
“To be able to hear someone’s story and connect with them, that’s something deep,” said Maye. “That’s real powerful to me.”
The girls agree the culture that is created here is the most important.
“We all come together at one point and we like each other,” said Amelia Smith, Daughters of Worth. “Even if we have something going on, we love each other regardless.”
And the girls aren’t the only ones that benefit, mentors say they see real change at the heart of these women.
“Even though I’m there for them, it’s just nice to know that if I ever needed them they would be there for me,” said Robin Dale, Daughters of Worth mentor. “It’s like a little sister.”
“I’ve watched these girls come to a place where they have a deep passion for serving their community,” said Liles. “They want to give back and to take what is being poured into them and offer that hope to other people.”
The most important lessons of all? The girls learn their true value as daughters of worth.
“I can do anything I put my mind to,” said Maye.
“Whatever your dreams are, you should go after them,” said Smith. “No matter what anyone says.”
“Never give up even when you have obstacles and problems, don’t ever give up,” said Darden. “Keep going. Never stop.”
The program works to connect with the girls at least once a month and the activities vary in complexity.
The group is working to go to a conference in Charlotte this fall, but needs the community’s help fundraising.
If you’re interested in getting involved with Daughters of Worth, click here for more information for you to get connected.