Special program looks to help girls unlock their super powers

Justin Udo
March 16, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A special program is encouraging women throughout Philadelphia to help inspire girls.

Every Monday evening at the North Liberties Recreation Center the Girl Power group gathers for a special meeting where they discuss how to unlock their super powers.

“Giving these ladies different viewpoints of how they can be successful as women even in male dominated fields,” Jaimee Drakewood explains.

She runs the Girl Power program that brings in women rugby players, DJ's, interior designers and entrepreneurs to speak to group.

“It's important for our young ladies to see their options when it comes to the world,” she said.

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Drakewood says she tries to make sure all the girls who participate in the program take away life lesson.

Wren says the program is helping her come out of her shell.

“I like coming here because it is fun, and we get to meet good people,” she said. “It helps me get more talkative.”

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For Lucille and Rachel the speakers have made a strong impact in their lives.

“It inspired me to be whatever I want,” Lucille said.

“I thought it was really cool and powerful that they got to do these things,” Rachel added.

Drakewood says the self-esteem building program that is open to girls from 2nd to 8th grade works with them at a critical point in their lives.

“If we can fix our issues now as young ladies, we don't have to deal with them as adults,” Drakewood said. “Identifying who you are and being self-aware is the first step to being successful.”