Members of the Lady Diamonds NYC and Infinity Love empowerment organizations at the Women’s Empowerment Expo.
In an effort to break the cycle of broken families and teen pregnancy, one Suffolk County empowerment organization dedicates its time to supporting, encouraging, inspiring and mentoring young girls—including those in Southeast Queens—throughout their high school careers.
Infinity Love works with high schools throughout New York City, helping girls in eighth through 10th grade by providing programs, support services and mentoring, so that they can overcome any problems that they may face.
Recently, Infinity Love teamed with Cambria Heights’ Campus Magnet Complex, where guidance counselor Jewyll Leacoch and Infinity Love founder Sandra Shampagne Wright worked with other faculty within the school to develop programs that help young women develop self-esteem, instill positive character traits, promote understanding, foster friendships, improve girls’ interest in education and much more. After two years of participating in Infinity Love’s programs, the girls will all be invited to a formal ball.
In an effort to encourage the girls to attend college, the organization took them on a tour of 13 Historic Black Colleges last month for four days that was paid for by money raised through the Women’s Empowerment Expo earlier this year. During that event, people contributed $65 to have beauty pampering, vendors, a catered lunch, inspirational panelists, recognition and networking.
The group’s next event is an anti-bullying program, which will take place on May 18.
For more information, visit www.infinitylove.org or call (347) 753-8577.
Ariel Hernandez contributed to this article