485974_10151466246709318_1522467778_nThis group of moms helped me start our first group over 13 years ago. I’m Holly, in the green, on the right in the picture. After the Lord gave me a plan to start a girls group, these are a few of the dear friends who helped make it happen. Our girls were all in school together at the time.

The community of mentors we hoped to form, which was all theory at first, ended up to be a success. The experience turned out to be so rich, that I want to spread it to other girls and moms of our city.

Personally having 3 girls, and living through having all teenagers, I know first hand how hard it  can be to raise them well in today’s culture. Yet I know it can be done! Countless amazing girls who have crossed my path prove it so.

After 23 years of parenting and 13 years of meeting with loads of teen girls, I’ve become fascinated with the adventure of growing up girls. From studying and researching trending topics, to listening firsthand to girls themselves, I can’t get away from the desire to help girls navigate through the complex and sometimes confusing life issues of today.

In what we’ve found to be a very unique, safe and fun atmosphere for girls, seeing the fruit in their lives over time has kept me encouraged and in pursuit of this adventure.

Our culture highlights girls’ insecurities, distorts their giftings and does little to encourage them in meaningful life goals. To combat this, we instead focus on teaching girls what it takes to live well, make healthy choices and lead purposeful lives.

Whether public, private or homeschooled, privileged or not as privileged, I have seen repetition of the same common issues, as well as recent cultural issues that are very complex.  I understand how great and specific the needs of girls are. Girls are girls wherever we go. Though girls may have different circumstances, we all share some common bonds that can be defined, encouraged and strengthened.

Also, after consistently hearing statistics of how high Oklahoma ranks in many negative areas such as poverty, drugs, teen pregnancy, abuse and divorce, I decided to take something that I have seen work, and offer it to the community at large. This is one little contribution, one piece of the puzzle, through which we hope to improve life for girls in our city. We invest in teaching life skills that will make a difference and help girls gain confidence. We want girls in Oklahoma and everywhere to feel like they have a safe place to grow up.