Front Royal Women’s Resource Center

Awards 2021 Kim South Girl Grant to Reaching Out Now

Front Royal, VA (July 1, 2021) – The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center (FRWRC) awarded its annual Kim South Girl Grant to the Reaching Out Now, Girl of Destiny Program for the third year in a row. The $1000 grant was presented at the Reaching Out Now Diamonds & Pearls Gala on June 16.

 

“The Girl of Destiny Leadership Program directly aligns with the mission of the Kim South Girl Grant by empowering young women in our community with workshops and programs that help them rise above life’s challenges,” said Joyce Jenkins-Wimmer, FRWRC President and the Girl Grant Chair. “We are delighted to award this grant to this thriving program for the third year in a row.  We were especially excited to have Mary Ellen South, the funder of this grant, with us this year to witness all the leadership opportunities this program offers to the youngest women in our community.”

 

Mary Ellen South, a member of the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center, and her husband Mike, established the Kim South Girl Grant in 2006 in memory of their young daughter. Awarded annually, the grant supports middle-school aged girls by providing programs that inspire future leadership, curiosity, confidence, and success.

 

“When Mike and I first established the grant, the FRWRC worked with middle school counselors to award the grant to individual girls,” she said.  “We have been thrilled to watch its expansion to reach more young women.”

 

Over the years, the grant has supported summer camp, courses in the arts, summer school, a training course, tutoring or special needs. Grants are also awarded to organizations or clubs that empower young girls through related activities. Since 2006, 23 individual grants and six program grants have been awarded totaling $13,450.

 

The Reaching Out Now organization recognized Mary Ellen South’s significant contributions to young women in the community with a special Legacy Award.

 

Ms. South dedicated a new poem, Girl Power, when accepting the Legacy Award from Reaching Out Now.


Girl Power

Girls are special

Girls are strong

Girls can be anything

Girls can achieve it all.

When I was a girl I looked

At a mountain far away

I said I’ll cross that mountain

And one day I did.

I’ve crossed that mountain and many more

Fulfilling dreams with a few scars

But never giving up, never giving into

The notion that I couldn’t, that I wouldn’t.

Women are special

Women are strong

Women can be anything

Women achieve and carry those girls on their shoulders.

 

So reach out, reach up

Search for your dream

Your destiny awaits...

And you can do it.

 

Mary Ellen South

June 2021

 

2021 Kim South Girl Grant