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“Strong Sisters a, wo-mentoring program, continues to seek innovative ways to support the needs and concerns of DHS girls.” –Strong Sisters

Bullock 304E was packed when I entered the classroom. The room was filled with students, teachers, and staff. Achane Madden, Beverly MCall, Quianna Smith, Joy Smith, and Tammy Leverette showed so much enthusiasm when introducing the subject matter. The subject matter in this case was the non-profit organization known as Strong Sisters.

Strong Sisters is an organization between Agnes Scott and Decatur High School that inspire girls to stay in school. This program has a focus on girls that are at risk of not graduating, but caters to other girls as well. The vision of Strong Sisters is “to facilitate both academic and interpersonal growth and success through mentorship.” This organization is beneficial because it builds strong relationships between Agnes Scott, Decatur High, and the city of Decatur.  When Strong Sisters was founded fourteen years ago by Professor Tina Pippin; the organization focused on girls that were at risk of becoming pregnant. Now, fourteen years later, the focus has shifted from teen pregnancy to teens graduating. That is a great improvement since its beginning. Strong Sisters are fundraising to bring awareness and financial support. The Case Grant gave ASC $1000 to help with sustainability. T-shirts are now being sold to help raise money and awareness. The latest fundraising act was the School Supply Drive in Alston so that the girls at Decatur High would have school supplies next year.

This organization touched my heart so much that I felt the need to join. I feel that all students, especially those in high school, should have a mentor to help them through any situation that may potentially handicap them.