Updated: Mar 8
Darrien Ford grew up knowing the importance of strong, smart and bold role models.
As a young girl attending Girls, Inc., Darrien had her share of positive mentors. Wanting to keep that tradition, she began working as the organization's program specialist in 2016, while attending social work classes at Briar Cliff. After working at Girls Inc. for 3 years, Darrien has taken what she learned at Girls Inc. and is applying it to her studies.
"I really want to be the mentor to these girls that I had growing up at Girls, Inc. Being a program specialist helps me with my social work degree because it allowing me to learn skills that I'll need to help different kinds of people," says Darrien.
Her position at Girls, Inc. gave Darrien the opportunity to apply what she learns in the classroom at a program that she truly cares about because she has experienced firsthand how impactful it can be. She credits Girls, Inc. with helping shape her into the woman she is today.
"My favorite part was being a role model to all of the girls and helping mold them in strong, smart and bold young ladies, just as the staff I had years ago did for me."