As Duke students, we are not only members of the university community but also of the Durham community. Many of us have spent time with middle school girls in the Durham public school system. Most, but not all, of these girls are minorities from low-income families. Entertainment is a huge part of their lives but the sources of entertainment to which they are exposed, are meant for much older, more mature audiences. The content and ads in the magazines that they read are not appropriate and fail to provide positive female role models. These girls are considered particularly "at risk" because of their age, race, socio-economic background, and gender. Many of them lack positive role models and as a result have relatively low expectations for themselves and their futures.
We hope to provide a venue through which these girls can prove to themselves what bright, talented kids they are. We hope to ignite the desire in them to do great things and expect great things.