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"Stand Beside Her" Aims To Empower Young Mid-South Girls

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - There's a new team in town that aims to empower women and girls in the Mid-South.


Alongside several local girls and women's organizations, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced the "Stand Beside Her" coalition Thursday.


While the National Stand Beside Her movement was started by the Girl Scouts Heart of the South to create a female leadership pipeline, they pushed to create a collaborative effort locally to reach more girls.


The newly formed Stand Beside Her coalition includes: Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hutchinson School, St. Agnes School, National Association of Women Business Owners, Junior League, KIPP Memphis, and many others.


Their mission is to mentor, support and help more women and girls succeed.


"There is certainly a need for women to have positive role models, to have the opportunity to see they can become whatever they dream," said Melanie Schild, CEO for Girl Scouts Heart of the South.


"Connects young girls with women who have had an experience you know who can be mentors, who can be a guidance to them, as well as, for us to learn, women like myself learn about what's needed in the community and how we engage in that," Ruby Bright, Executive Director Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. 


Stand Beside Her will hold a showcase November 1st at the ServiceMaster Innovation Center in Memphis.



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