Asia’s Story

Dear Friends,
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Asia, one of the many girls we have mentored these past ten years. Like so many of the girls we help, Asia had more than her fair share of ups and downs when she was growing up. She is now a senior at Kansas State University, and she credits Young Women on the Move for helping her reach this goal.
As an organization, our entire reason for being is to help girls like Asia.

We work tirelessly to help young women gain the knowledge, skills, and personal power to create change in their lives and their communities. Asia is just one of the hundreds of girls we have helped since we embarked on our mission a decade ago. As we move into our second decade, we want to help even more girls flourish into the young women we know they can be.

Every day of the school week, our staff members and volunteers mentor adolescent girls in 13 Kansas City, Kan., middle and high schools. The girls are discovering their strengths. They are learning self-discipline and team work. They are tackling difficult personal and community problems. High school girls are being paired with middle school girls as peer mentors so they can learn to be change makers.

For Kansas City’s youth living in poverty and extreme stress, coping skills will determine their surviving or thriving. That’s a hard thing to do by yourself … to be healthy, capable and resilient. Many girls who come to Young Women on the Move are struggling, looking for hope, acceptance and trust. We want the girls to know they’re not alone.
So we’re here every week. But we can’t do it alone, either.

Come alongside us as we do this essential work with the girls in our area.
Please consider giving to Young Women on the Move today. Your support will help us unleash the power of girls to create a vibrant, healthy and peaceful world.
Your gift is so important. I can’t thank you enough, but I do thank you.

Mary Beth Gentry
Executive Director and Founder
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Unleashing the power of girls to create a more vibrant, healthy and peaceful world.

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Our mission is "to unleash the power of girls to create a more vibrant, healthy and peaceful world". 

For ten wonderful years we have fulfilled this mission by leading our young women in various activities, projects and events in which they lead their peers and advocate for various causes such as the importance of seeking higher education, living healthier lifestyles, strengthening their relationship with God and much more. Girls in high school meet every Wednesday and participate in group projects that stimulate their leadership skills and their imaginations.

Make a Contribution to Young Women on the MoveMore than 7,600 girls in grades 7-12 drop out of school in Missouri and Kansas.
Of Kansas City's families in poverty, 62.5% are female-headed, single parent households. We want to show these girls the path to a better life... but we can't do it alone.



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