Nonprofit works to inspire Beaufort County girls

Published 7:36 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A local nonprofit is expanding its services into Beaufort County this school year.

Daughters of Worth, a nonprofit organization in Greenville that strives to inspire and empower young girls in the community, has partnered with Beaufort County Schools in a campaign to show young girls their worth.

“We are trying to show them they are loved and worthy exactly like they are,” said Liz Liles, founder of Daughters of Worth.

Liles created the “Notes of Hope” campaign last year. The organization plans to send personalized, inspirational letters to young girls in school from kindergarten all the way through high school. Liles said the idea behind the notes is making sure girls in the community know they are loved and treasured.

Bath Elementary School was the first Beaufort County school to jump on board, and Chocowinity Middle School and S.W. Snowden Elementary School joined shortly after, according to Liles. Schools can join the “Notes of Hope” group until Sept. 15.

Liles said once the schools are on board, she then works with administrators and educators from each school to identify 25 girls who need an extra boost of confidence or motivation. Once the girls are identified, the parents must complete a consent form, and then the girls will be sent a personalized note every month.

“Once the parents complete the consent form, we basically adopt them for a school year. From August to June, we send handwritten notes to each girl. They are hand delivered to the girls at school, and it’s completely free,” Liles said.

She said each of the schools has shown excitement to reach female students in a new, creative way.

Women across the community will gather every month to write the personalized notes. Liles said the organization will hold monthly writing sessions, and women of all ages are welcome to come join the writing process. The first writing session is set for Sept. 18 at Kickback Jack’s in Greenville. The location will change monthly.

“It’s just a way for women of the community to empower and encourage the girls of the next generation,” Liles said.

She said this campaign is her way to connect with young girls and give them a safe place to grow and learn.

Liles said she expects to serve 200-250 girls in both Pitt and Beaufort counties every month, and the “Notes of Hope” campaign helps her positively affect as many girls as possible.

“I just have a heart to reach as many girls as I can. With time and logistics it’s impossible to reach as many girls as I want to. There was a huge interest and passion from the women and the community to serve along side of (Daughters of Worth). This initiative enables us to reach more girls,” Liles said.