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Sisterhood rising: New club aims to empower teen girls

<p>Special guest Jazmyne Dennice and For Girls Only club members. Photo courtesy of Mrs. E. Ewing.</p>

Special guest Jazmyne Dennice and For Girls Only club members. Photo courtesy of Mrs. E. Ewing.

Cass Technical High School has a rising club For Girls Only that is changing and motivating girls who attend Cass Tech. 

For Girls Only is a club founded last school year with Principal Lisa Phillips as its sponsor. The club meets every Wednesday and it has about 50 members. FGO is a club meant to uplift and empower teen girls. Within the club they discuss controversial topics and they share personal opinions on the topics. The club selects topics to talk about for a month and the members then complete various activities that deal with the topic.

FGO was a club created by Phillips to be a support for girls who may need extra help with their confidence and a safe place where they can be open and comfortable about talking about their problems. 

Phillips noticed ninth grade girls some years ago going down the wrong path and she held an all girls meeting in the CT Grand Theater and allowed the girls to put their thoughts in a box. Phillips found that the girls were really struggling with self esteem issues, so she decided to create a club to focus on girls and issues that relate to them. 

Phillips said the mission statement of FGO is “to empower young women to believe in themselves.”

During the month of November, the club discussed topics about beauty, self-care and confidence. One of the activities surrounding these topics was having the founder of DetroitReflections, Jazmyne Dennice, speak and motivate the young ladies about self love and finding it within themselves. 

During this discussion Dennice describes her own personal story of finding self-love and shares tips on how young women can find self love. The club members also gave back to the community by preparing hygiene kits for an all women's shelter. They are preparing to go on a field trip during the month of December to personally provide the women with the kits. November ends with a sisters bonding Thanksgiving potluck.

For Girls Only may be a new club but it is already popular. The leadership of FGO in the previous year and this year has helped the club become what it is today with their strong leadership, dedication and organizational skills. 

To expand the club, Cass Tech will be partnering up with The Urban Bloom Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving women of color in Metro Detroit. With this partnership, the girls will gain more knowledge of women who have overcome their own struggles and want to help lead women of tomorrow in the right direction.

Later this school year the girls will spend a day in Chicago to experience traveling.


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