Local organization helping teenage girls thrive
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – In tonight’s What’s Working, a non-profit organization is helping teenage girls in our area build confidence and make friends. It’s called Bloom. Their mission statement is “to equip and empower adolescent girls to excel and thrive in all aspects of life.”
Natalie Wynn launched Flourish two years ago at the height of Covid. She said they have provided services to 40 young women so far. They offer life coaching, counseling and career advice. She said they want to make sure the girls are prepared for life after high school.
“I wanted to have an environment where the girls know they are safe here and have someone to talk to. They may not have parental support or their parents work full time and need extra support after school,” Wynn said.
Girls participate in positive after-school activities like tutoring, yoga and candle making. They have made 3,000 candles so far. They resell them to local businesses. Profits go to Flourish and the girls receive a stipend for their work.
“Many of the girls in the program don’t have a car so they can’t get to work. It gives them money and teaches them skills,” Wynn said.
Flourish offers life skills courses as well as counseling on both sides of the bay. Program coordinator Sierra Daughtery said she noticed big changes in the girls.
“At the beginning, they had difficulty talking with the girls and with us. Then they go to the back and do crafts and make bracelets. They start making friends and texting each other,” Daughtery said. “I love working with them every week and seeing how they improve after being here.”
Flourish has an office on Route 181 in Daphne. They also offer classes in downtown Mobile.
To learn more about Flourish, click here.
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