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Girls’ Impact Story

BRETT SMITH, COUNSELOR, KNOX TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL (SPENCER)

 

“My daughter was having a lot of struggles and dealing with anxiety. For three months, my wife and I were going to the hospital three or four times every week not knowing what was going on. We weren’t sure how to separate her anxiety from the physical issues. Her school wasn’t helpful and suggested she attend a special school. My daughter told me she didn’t need a special school, she just needed kindness.

 

My colleague recommended I send her to Knox Trail Middle School to provide more support. My daughter went from going to a school that she couldn’t attend two hours a day, to going to Knox Trail a full day, every day. She got connected with the #GirlsWorld program, run by Girls, Inc., and it saved her. She went to this group Mondays and Tuesdays for an hour and was always the last one to leave. She bonded with the facilitator and felt safe to ask questions to somebody she respected.

 

Every day, my daughter would come home from this program and we would have the most amazing discussions about what it means to be a girl growing up in this world today and she would share information she learned such as signs of an unhealthy relationship or self-defense skills. These are things that girls need to know.

 

Everybody can make a difference. We can raise strong, confident girls that can achieve their dreams no matter what anybody says to them. If there’s anything more important, I don’t know what it is. I thank the Women’s Initiative for making a difference to my family.”