This year’s event is centered around mental health awareness. Girls will have the chance to hear ideas from local women entrepreneurs and discuss mental health.
ORANGEBURG, SC — Girl Empowerment Day is an annual event, according to SAFE founder Shanika Aiken, that aims to educate and empower young women. This year’s event is centered around mental health awareness.
Girls aged 11-17 will have the opportunity to hear from local women entrepreneurs and talk about mental health.
Panelists come from a variety of backgrounds, including photography, catering, modeling and funeral services. Aiken says having a wide range of perspectives on the panel to learn from will help young girls pursue their dreams.
“Why can’t you be all of those things?” So we wanted to give them a picture of different things they can do outside of what they normally see,” said Shanika Aiken, Founder of SAFE.
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She says the panel’s main mission is to enable discussions about mental health, which she says has been reinforced during the COVID pandemic.
“What we’ve seen within the organization is a lot of isolation. COVID has allowed them to be kind of alone and it’s worse now that they don’t want to come out of their rooms anymore,” Aiken said.
The SAFE organization is a non-profit agency that provides mentoring and educational services to youth in the Orangeburg area and surrounding counties.
At the event, girls will be able to connect directly with family health center counselors and other local mental health professionals. Registration for the event is open online.
Young people present must provide proof of vaccination. It takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orangeburg County Conference Center.
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