District 19 Councilwoman Erica Gilmore recently held an institute for girls to teach them that how they act locally will shape their futures globally.
The Youth Girl’s Institute was held at Fisk in July for girls 12-18, It focused on leadership skills, healthy living, civic responsibility and more with lectures and hands-on instruction.
“Statistics show that young women who become civically engaged at a young age are civically engaged for a lifetime and are less likely to drop out of school, use drugs or become pregnant,” Gilmore said.
Her mother, State Rep. Brenda Gilmore, who was a guest speaker, said the institute had an obvious effect.
“They came into the program sometimes very quiet, insecure and not too sure of themselves, and by the end of the week they all had bloomed into beautiful butterflies that were standing tall and erect, speaking up … and just being more thoughtful about the community and how they fit in,” she said.