Who Am I?

Who am I?

A Girls Club Alumni.

I remember when Girls Club  was located on Lake St. At that time girls needed to be 8 years old to attend. The first day my mom tried to enroll me, I was 7 years old and was told to come back in a year. To a seven year old, that was forever and I cried for days. But I did return!


Who am I?

The mother of a Girls Inc. Alumni.

 My daughter, Antiana Valentine, attended girls Inc. through  high school. This was one of the best adventures I could have offered her. She is now a senior in college at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. Antiana also received a scholarship from Girls Inc. While at Girls Inc., she was paired with a mentor who sent her care packages to school, spent quality positive time with her, and is now a lifelong friend my daughter respects and views as a role model.


 During the time she attended Girls Inc., our family experienced challenges like any other family. Girls Inc. was there to provide her with dreams and creativity to pursue. She received a new sewing machine that helped her explore sewing. She traveled to Washington, D.C. and while there met Barack Obama when he was still a Senator and ‘godmother of civil rights’ Dorthy Height, who is now deceased, but was a Delta. This experience really had an impact and influenced her life because Barack Obama is now President and Antiana has now pledged Delta. And the list goes on…………………………


Who am I?

A mother of a Girls Inc member.

 My daughter Nautika Valentine, who is 12 years old, also attends Girls Inc. She loves all the different feild trips and activites. 


Who am I?

An employee at Girls Inc.

 I was affected by the current recession and lost my job. After months of searching for employment, who was there once again?  My Girls Inc. family. My short employment experience with Girls Inc. has been such a blessing for me and my family. I almost feel that my working here in some way is giving back some of love Girls Inc has given my girls. Girls Inc has given Antiana love inspiration, hope and dreams and she has now passed them on to Nautika.


Who am I?

A Girls Club Alumni, Mother of a Girls Inc Alumni, A Mother of Girls Inc. Member, and now a Girls Inc. employee. Thank You Girls Inc.!

by Antonia “Ms. Nia” Valentine