Building strong girls, so that we do not have to repair broken women. During this Black History Month, NBC2 is highlighting African Americans making a difference in our community.

One name that stands out is Tasheekia Perry-Harris.

NBC2 Black History Month: Woman devotes time for building up girls in Collier County

If you ask TaSheekia Perry-Harris what the most dangerous hours of the day are. She would tell you between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., although many think it’s night time.

Those hours after school and before the family returns home, are when peer pressure may become too much to bear for children.

So for more than 20 years, Perry-Harris has been doing her best to keep girls out of trouble.

She has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County to empower girls by showing them that they “ROCK.”

The R stands for Remarkable, the O stands for Optimistic, the C stands for consistent, and the K stands for Kind.

Perry-Harris teaches young girls that when they are remarkable, optimistic, consistent, and kind, they have positioned themselves to build up another girl.

Due to being raised by teen parents, Perry-Harris said she had to learn the hard way. The mistakes in her life led her to start her organization “Crowning Daughters For Success.”

Which for more than 20 years has promoted girl power, by building up the confidence of girls before they transition into women.

Perry-Harris says her mission is to build these girls now so that they won’t have to be repaired as grown women.

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