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Girls INC. celebrates summer program success

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More than 60 girls received certificates from Girls INC. Strong, Smart and Bold University Program More than 60 girls received certificates from Girls INC. Strong, Smart and Bold University Program
Sherrell Alexander says the program focuses on college preparedness and academic achievement Sherrell Alexander says the program focuses on college preparedness and academic achievement
10-year-old Tomia Wesley says she wants to go to college to become a professional athlete 10-year-old Tomia Wesley says she wants to go to college to become a professional athlete
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

More than 60 South Georgia girls reached an important milestone Friday through Girls INC's Strong, Smart and Bold University program. This program focuses on college preparedness and academic achievement for young girls.

Parents watched in awe as their daughters took center stage to showcase their sign language and dance moves that they learned through the Girls INC Strong, Smart and Bold University.

"The purpose of this program today is to showcase to the parents all of the work that the girls have done over the summer," said Executive Director Sherrell Alexander.

Girls INC. has been apart of the Albany community for forty years. Generous donations from companies such as Proctor and Gamble allow girls ages 5 to 18 years old to tour colleges around the state.

"We've had the opportunity to tour at least five college campuses this summer," said Alexander. "We've also given them out of the box experiences such as a full paid trip to Columbus Space and Science Museum, we've visited Habitat for Humanity as well."

67 girls received certificates in Spanish and Literacy courses after completing the 10 week program. 10-year-old Tomia Wesley says she feels prepared to go to college in hopes of one day becoming a professional athlete.

"I feel good about the program because I got to meet new people," said Tomia Wesley.

"We have a lot of first generation girls that do attend Girls INC. that their parents and family members have never attended college, so we want to let them know that that is absolutely an opportunity for them," said Alexander.

Tomia says she gained confidence to do anything she wants in life.

 "We get to fellowship with other sisters and we learn how to be strong, smart and bold at the same time," said Wesley.

 It's those three words that are shaping future leaders in our community. Girls INC Directors say as part of their 40th year celebration they're working on launching a sports program and teen pregnancy and alcohol prevention programs in the fall. Girls INC. plans to host the Strong, Smart and Bold University program again next summer.

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