Local organization inspires hundreds of young women with annual summit
GEORGETOWN, Del. – For the past 11 years Pathways to Success has been helping the youth in Sussex County strive for greatness and achieve their goals. And in an area where some young women are struggling with low self esteem and alack of role models, local community leaders are helping them find the light at the end of tunnel.
“One of the things that we’re about is empowering our young women,” said the executive director for the Pathways to Success Fay Blake.
On Thursday officials with the Pathways to success in Georgetown held their 4th annual Girls Summit for more than 300 9th through 12th grade girls for a full day of mentoring and empowerment, to show them that despite the challenges they face they still can be successful.
“It definitely allows me to feel that I have the confidence to do everything that I need to do,” said 12th grader Shamay Young.
Guest speakers used the day to speak about the hardships and trials they’ve had to overcome to be where they are today. And event organizers say it was important for these girls to have someone they could identify with.
“Poverty is a big struggle in Sussex County and when we come to these summits and we see the people who have dealt with poverty, how they dealt with it, things they did to cope it’s always helpful for us to be able to know that we can do it and we can make it,” said Young.
The young women who attended the event say the annual summit plays a critical role in reminding them that they are in charge of their future.
“A lot of girls feel like they need a guy or somebody but you really just need to love yourself and you need yourself to be successful and to push yourself,” said 11th grader Dania Cannon.
At the end of the day, mentors left the young women who attended the event this one last piece of advice: there are no limited to what you can accomplish.
If your child wasn’t able to make it to the girls summit on Thursday, officials with the Pathways to Success say they’ll be holding a number of other events over the next couple of months. They add that they’ll be holding their annual men’s summit sometime in April of next year.