Not too long ago in the black community, there used to be rites of passage programs designed to help transition young children in different stages in their lives. The goal was to help educate, empower, and protect children. World Berries International
Sisterhood started by LaShone Croom, is reintroducing that concept to the community. The program called World Berries International Sisterhood is designed for girls ages 6-13.
On Saturday November 22nd, 2014 at the Grind House Juice Bar in Charles Village, the Sisterhood had an information session with parents and children.
According to Croom, “This is a mentoring program. My desire is to get young girls while they are young, assist them with building their confidence, helping them to be aware of who they are, understand their body image, educating them where they come from, their culture, and celebrating when they come into womanhood.”
Croom wants to find female entrepreneurs to serve as role models and mentors for the girls in the program. “I feel that is our responsibility to give back and save our community,” she says.
The Morgan State University graduate also feels that children need to understand the mind, body, spirit connection. “Children are never too young to learn how to meditate. The ladies will also get a chance to experience things that they may not get a chance to do like horseback riding, swimming, and so forth.”
World Berries International Sisterhood is looking for students, women volunteers, and speakers. World Berries International Sisterhood is a non-profit organization. For more information visit: www/worldberries.org or call 443-857-0352.
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