WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Three programs to help families will expand into Pender County.
Velva Jenkins, CEO of the YWCA Lower Cape Fear, announced the organization will bring What’s Wrong with Different?, Reach Girls Empowerment Program and the Grandparent Support Network to the county.
What's Wrong with Different? is an anti-bullying program for elementary school-age children that teaches students to understand and appreciate the differences in their classroom and community.
Reach Girls Empowerment provides middle school-age girls an opportunity to build a support network and strengthen their leadership skills.
The Grandparent Support Network is a peer support group for grandparents who provide full-time care for their grandchildren.
Jenkins stepped into her role at the beginning of the month. She said part of her mission as CEO is to better serve all four counties in the YWCA’s Lower Cape Fear region.
Trisha Newtoen is a Burgaw resident and she is very happy to see these programs come to her community.
“I’m excited. Even if they don’t serve me personally, I’m glad our community has access to these programs, things that I think there’s a huge need for, I’m not sure there’s an organization as strong as the YWCA promoting it and covering these issues,” she said.