WF nonprofit teaching life skills is expanding

WF nonprofit teaching life skills now holding classes for boys

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - When it comes to mentorships some people think about role models.

One Texoma group is doing more than that.

C.H.A.R.M is short for character, health, awareness, responsibility, and maturity and reaches out to young girls in the community and creating bonds by partnering high school girls with junior high to create the idea of big sisters and little sisters.

Chloe Washington Pope joined the group when it started and will be a big sister this year.

"With the stuff, my big sisters told me about then, I'm now more aware of it," said Pope.

"We teach everything from budgeting, career paths, college visiting, and etiquette," said Crystal Washington Pope, the founder of C.H.A.R.M.

Crystal got the idea after seeing there wasn't much in Wichita Falls for the kids.

Growing up in Wichita Falls herself, she wishes there had been a program like this to help her.

"I lived with my grandparents," said Crystal. "They were older so there was a generational gap. I think if there were people closer to my age that I could relate to and talk to that might have helped me in those times."

Six years later and the program has taken off. The group goes to roller derby, five-star restaurants, and sleepovers. Charm focuses on having fun and learning life skills.

"These girls have done unexplainable things," said Crystal.

"One time we were all talking about friendships and how we don't betray each other," said Chloe. "That time stuck with me the most."

Even though some of the original girls have graduated high school, some come back to mentor. There is no doubt the memories made will last a lifetime.

"You create a bond," said Queiana Minor, a member of C.H.A.R.M.  "It is not like you'll just be with these girls for a while. There is a bond you'll have for life at all times."

C.H.A.R.M.  is welcoming boys into the group this year. If you would like to enroll your child in the program the group will meet for the new school year August 17.

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