At Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, we help girls discover and develop their inherent strengths. We encourage girls to explore their passions, dig into curiosity, and pursue their most ambitious dreams.
One Girls Inc. girl who embodies our mission is named Breyana M. She’s a new student at Indian Springs School, but she’s already making a splash. Breyana has stepped up to form not just one but two new clubs at the school – an invention club and a fishing club!
Recently, Breyana led a meeting to share her three-year plan for the fishing club – attended by school administrators, Bass Pro Shop representatives, and faculty advisors. Breyana had reached out to Bass Pro Shop herself to secure the partnership, and staff at Indian Springs shared that “people left [the meeting] extremely impressed.”
One particularly impressive part of Breyana’s plan is how the fishing club will impact the community. She hopes to connect with other Girls Inc. girls at our Empowerment Center in Marks Village, and introduce them to the world of fishing. This could be a game-changer for some girls who haven’t had positive experiences in the outdoors.
Not only does fishing offer access to the outdoors, but the experience can be remarkably empowering. From the ability to catch your own food to skills like knot-tying or boat safety, learning to fish can be a powerful way for girls to build confidence. One member of the Ebony Anglers, a black woman’s competitive fishing group, says that fishing expands horizons by giving “another trajectory to discover who we are as women.”
We are SO proud of Breyana for her initiative and drive in this effort to make fishing accessible for girls! As we continue building the next generation of leaders, Breyana is one girl who is already taking the lead.
This story was featured in the November 2022 issue of our monthly e-newsletter, The Bold Bulletin. To receive stories like this in your inbox each month, subscribe below!