Cheron K. Griffin, founder of Grow A Girl Network, recently announced that G.A.G.N. is moving to the Atlanta area.
Griffin said that while she is saddened to close the Hinesville’s location, she ultimately is excited about G.A.G.N.’s latest venture.
“It literally breaks my heart to see this organization, which affected many of Hinesville’s young lives, as well as their parents’ lives, come to a complete halt,” she said. “I have grown to love each one of them. I pray they feel I have, over the last two years, empowered, motivated, inspired and equipped them for future success in some way.”
Griffin said she wants the public to know she tried keeping Hinesville’s G.A.G.N. active while opening a sister location in Atlanta, including trying to find a facility sponsor and a new volunteer director.
All calls, according to Griffin, went unanswered.
“I feel Grow A Girl Network needs more exposure and substantial financial support in order to foster the type of change it was originally designed to create,” she said. “I believe this transition will allow G.A.G.N. to maximize its full potential in order to help young women at risk.”
Griffin thanked all those who have supported G.A.G.N., giving special thanks to the program’s sponsors and mentors.
“I would like to thank Walmart, the Coastal Health Department, the city of Hinesville, the Auto Super Store, Xpress Signs and all other contributors for their monetary support,” she said.
“Most of all, I would like to thank the mentors Michele Washington, Tina Bright, Shirley Stephens, Shawntelle Greene and LaDonna Jenkins. These ladies have fervently assisted me without compensation, working day and night and sometimes waking in the middle of the night to respond to threats of suicide. I could not have kept the doors of Hinesville’s G.A.G.N. open for as long as I did without them.”
On Sept. 17, she will host the OMG! (One More Girl) Conference Tour at Savannah State University. Griffin, panelists and Atlanta Recording Artists Pretty Yung Bosses, will put on an event to educate and empower some of the city’s most vulnerable youth.