GirlPowR of Lincoln hosts seventh annual gala

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- GirlPowR of Lincoln hosted its seventh annual gala for youth empowerment on Thursday evening.

The “Around the World”-themed event emphasized the cultural backgrounds of girls in the group and in Lincoln.

The event included a silent auction, stories from youths involved in the program, and live music and dancing.

Started in 2014 by Julie Raeger, GirlPowR has encouraged girls to be involved in community awareness projects and build self-esteem.

“I always loved my experience there,” said Khalidah Shammo, a Goodrich Middle School eighth-grader who has been mentored through GirlPowR for the past three years.

“I’ve gotten so many opportunities since I’ve started at GirlPowR, and we’ve really done a lot of things there,” she said.

More information on how to join the organization and on summer programs in Lincoln can be found here.

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