The Girl Power choir is on fire
Lives are being changed and destinies redirected
Miami Times Editorial Department | 9/12/2013, 10:45 a.m.
Girl Power Inc., an organization dedicated to helping young girls turn their lives around through day and after-school social change programs, has been a fixture in the Liberty City community for over a decade. And in order to raise funds, the Girl Power Choir, along with Miami favorites Maryel Epps and Rochelle Lightfoot, recently put on a concert at the Armory Studios in the Design District that showcased the girls’ incredible talents.
“Many of these young girls are marginalized by our community,” said Thema Campbell, president/CEO, Girl Power. “It is our mission to bring the voices of these girls to the public and we’ve found that the choir is one of the best ways to broadcast the best of Girl Power to the world.”
According to Board Chairman Andrea M. Thompson, the impact of Girl Power on the young women they serve has been profound.
“Lives have been changed and destinies diverted onto positive paths,” she said. “For girls who have been suspended from school, are angry and disillusioned or who have major problems at home, Girl Power has not only served as a refuge but a guiding force in significantly boosting their self esteem, dialing back their anger and ultimately turning their lives around.”
“I have learned many things while attending Girl Power,” said 15-year-old Carla. “I have learned how to let things go and to believe in and have confidence in myself. I’m so thankful that I was sent here. I feel everything happens for a reason and I have to say that thanks to Girl Power, I’m a better young woman.”
Marva, 14 shared similar views.
“This program has taught me to control my anger, made me more aware of the consequences associated with reckless behavior and shown me how to take responsibility for my actions,” she said. “These are important priorities I will strive to apply to my life outside of Girl Power.”
So, does Girl Power really make a difference? Campbell says it definitely does.
“This is an extraordinary organization that’s actually helping young girls make positive changes in their lives,” she said. “They’re seeing changes that are tangible and measurable but we could always use dollars to keep moving forward — that way even more young girls will benefit from our outreach, education and guidance.”