YWCA at GLOW Academy receives First Book grant

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Books were distributed to the GLOW Academy girls on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (Courtesy of YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear)

WILMINGTON — For the past seven months, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear has been providing an after school enrichment program for the students of GLOW Academy.

The program incorporates Girls Circle, a model that assists girls with a healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years by discussing topics such as body image, self-esteem, healthy relationships, coping skills, and embracing identity and differences.

Kelly Williams, YWCA Community Outreach Manager, and Kylah Thorpe, Enrichment Program Coordinator, saw the need for the girls to have books that represented their cultural backgrounds and diverse heritage.

Carol Barre, chair of Team First Book of New Hanover County, stated, “We chose the YWCA after school program at GLOW Academy because we want these girls to be able to continue to practice their reading and research skills at home, with age-appropriate books that will keep their interest. Reading is the key to their ability to master any field they may want to explore on their own in the future. We are excited to be part of their opportunities to understand our shared history and culture.”

Books were distributed to the girls on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. To learn more about the YWCA’s program at GLOW Academy, visit www.ywca-lowercapefear.org, or contact Kelly Williams at (910) 799-6820 ext 104 or newchoices@ywca-lowercapefear.org.

About the YWCA:
The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1914 as a member of the national YWCA, an autonomous women’s movement. We are committed to self-determined social change for women of all racial, ethnic and economic groups. The YWCA provides leadership in our community, nation and world in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. For more information please visit www.ywca-lowercapefear.org or www.facebook.com/ywcalowercapefear.

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