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This year, Council Member Sheffield launched a mentoring program called “The Detroit Girls of Destiny” (DGD). This program is tailored for young women that are adversely affected by socio-economic, environmental, or other factors that hinder development. The program was launched at Ralphe Bunche elementary middle school, which is located in Elmwood Park, District 5. Detroit Girls of Destiny provides encouragement, guidance, informal counseling, and introduces mentors who can serve as role models to teenage girls. Young girls undertake a process of self-discovery by building a positive understanding of self-worth and confidence. Detroit Girls of Destiny hopes to help young girls  achieve their full potential, enhance self-esteem and self-worth, help improve perspectives toward education, help develop and define short and long term goals, build positive relationships and support networks with adults and peers, and to get a better understanding of who they really are. Sessions topics include discussions on bullying, self-worth/ self-image, domestic violence, hygiene, and more!

Every girl has a unique purpose and calling over her life. Unfortunately, so many girls never realize their potential due to personal, socioeconomic, environmental or other barriers that can hinder development. The youth are maximally open to the socialization influences of their environment, as these are very impressionable years. Moreover, it is extremely important that girls learn leveraging habits at a young age, in order to help shape the women they will ultimately become. Having positive role models and positive examples of leadership in one’s life can help to steer one in the right direction.

The Detroit Girls of Destiny program will provide tools for youth development by helping girls understand that they must make DESTINY decisions in every aspect of their life because they are DESTINED for greatness! The Destiny Circle will provide encouragement, guidance, informal counseling, and introduce them to mentors and speakers who can serve as role models.

Young girls will undertake a process of self-discovery by learning what qualities lead to positive self-esteem and more confidence. They will work on various tasks to explore their identities, share their stories, and create a sisterhood with other girls from similar backgrounds. This process will build camaraderie, and shine light on the fact that we are not alone in regard to our personal struggles. Addressing these issues head on, while sharing perspectives and best practices will lead to identifying better ways to cope with the stress of life.

The Destiny circle will aim to help young girls achieve their full potential through enhancing their self- worth while helping them to improve their perspective toward education. We will assist them in developing and defining short and long term goals, building positive relationships and supporting networks with adults and peers. The programs goal is help the girls obtain a greater sense of self.

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