Monday, May 14, 2007
Remember being a teen and feeling like no one "gets you" -- remember middle school? Haley Kilpatrick remembers it well. In fact, she relives it everyday, not for nostalgia but to help other teenage girls get through the drama. Kilpatrick started Girl Talk, an organization that encourages candid conversation, independence and self-worth.
At the age of 15, Kilpatrick saw her little sister's struggles with fitting in at school. A heart-to-heart between sisters inspired Girl Talk. Kilpatrick launched a student-to-student mentoring program in her middle school and high school in Albany, Georgia, that quickly grew to become Girl Talk, a national nonprofit organization in 21 states, reaching more than 10,000 girls.
As her reach grows, Kilpatrick, now 21 and a college student in Kennesaw, Georgia, speaks to and motivates other young people, teachers and administrators around the country on the importance of mentoring. Kilpatrick believes that with the right resources and moral guidance, young girls can make it past the daily trials of middle school and get to their dream. After all, it's a message coming from Haley Kilpatrick, who's already "got it."
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