Distinguished Young Women Is a Source of Power, Confidence for Participants Nationwide

| July 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am

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By Alabama Power Foundation

Sometimes dreams come true. Especially when the Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program provides training, empowerment, and enough confidence to last a lifetime.

Consider the journey of Kendra Haskins. Like so many girls, the Montgomery native had a dream. “I had wanted to go to Duke University for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I went into the admissions interview and was told I had 15 minutes. An hour and a half later I walked out with guaranteed admission. I lay that 100% at the feet of this program and its Be Your Best Self message.”

Haskins is now executive director of DYW, which was founded in Mobile in 1957 and is headquartered in the Port City. The experience begins on the local level – 42 programs around Alabama alone – and focuses (for free) on life skills. More than 3,000 girls participate annually in all 50 states.

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