Chisom's Transformative Summer Programming Experience
At the start of middle school, Chisom went through a difficult time at home, dealing with custody issues between her parents -- and at school where she struggled to make friends due to the stressful transitions at home. Additionally, growing up in a culture where she saw women with few choices beyond childcare or housework, Chisom felt limited by her circumstances and unclear about her future.
The summer before her eighth grade year, Chisom joined Girls Inc. Here, she found a support network and discovered her potential. She first became involved with the Eureka! Summer program, which provided her with long-lasting friendships while exposing her to the STEM field, college life, women’s health, and much more. “I was in an open place where people accepted and truly believed in me. That summer opened so many doors for me.”
After that summer, she stepped up to lead as a peer advisor, an experience that taught her about public speaking, confidence, and strength. Through Girls Inc., Chisom also had the opportunity to connect with women professionals from various fields, confirming and further inspiring her interest in the medical field. If these women could beat the odds and achieve, Chisom felt that she could as well.
Chisom’s experience at Girls Inc. greatly shaped her desire to earn a bachelor’s degree in health science, attend medical school and become an OB/GYN. For girls like Chisom, summer and out-of-school-time programming are transformative, helping them see beyond their current situations and believe they can achieve.
“I no longer feel as though my past experiences prevent me from being an outspoken and thoughtful individual. At Girls Inc., I am constantly reminded that I have a voice in this world and that I am someone who matters.”
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