BOSTON (CBS) – This month, the WBZ Cares Campaign is profiling St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, which provides housing, education and services for young women and their families.
A unique program at St. Mary’s Center is grlzradio.org – “Girls Radio,” an internet radio station based at the center, teaching high school girls some valuable skills, and helping them stay in school.
“GRLZ Radio teaches them such great skills,” says Director Saun Green. “It teaches them leadership, it teaches them research, it teaches them just how to come together and work together in a group to get things done.”
The station has nearly five-thousand listeners around the world, in countries all over the globe.
“They (the girls) create radio shows, talk shows – about issues of importance to them,” Green said. “These girls pick their shows and research them, and they put their shows together.”
Taja Boone is one of the DJ’s at GRLZ Radio, she had dropped out of school, but now she has graduated high school, and is going on to college. She says GRLZ radio helped her achieve her goals in life, and has inspired her for the future.
“Communications is definitely something I’m passionate about, ” says Taja. “Down the line, when I’m old (hah, hah), I definitely want to open a radio station that is like GRLZ Radio, and help the youth in my community at that time.”
If you would like to donate to St. Mary’s Center, check out their website at www.stmaryscenterma.org.
Related: WBZ Cares Campaign