Seeing an opportunity to encourage growth and development, center staff persuaded Julia to join the Pink and Black Girls Club which promotes life and character building skills for girls. Julia started to attend the groups’ weekly meetings in the middle of the school year. The groups’ meetings were focused on anger management, self-control and building self-esteem. Through the course of the groups’ meetings, Julia gradually began to connect her behaviors with her thoughts and emotions; she was beginning to understand why she behaved in negative ways and how to change her behavior. In the group, Julia began to share with the other girls her problems and the root of her anger. With time, Julia showed improvement in her grades as well.
At the beginning of each school year, the Pink and Black Girls Club facilitators collect progress from each group member. At the time Julia’s progress report consisted of B’s and C’s, which was a remarkable improvement from her previous progress reports. Julia was also promoted by the other group members and club facilitators to President of the Pink and Black Girls Club because of her involvement in the group and her improvement outside of the group. As more time passed, Julia made the A-B honor roll and was able to maintain an A average in her science classes. Since graduated from the Pink and Black Girls Club, Julia founded and leads the Pink and Black Sorority Sisters which focuses on serving girls ages 13 to 16.