There are two super bowls happening this weekend. There's the one involving football players tackling each other on the field and then there's the one that is tackling hunger in America, and also in the metro.
The Young Women on the Move group started an online event called the Souper Bowl of Caring and, for the last two weeks, has been soliciting donations. People can log on and support their favorite organization to help food pantries across the nation.
While the national event is hoping to score a victory in the fight against hunger, locally the group has been helping to empower teenage girls in the Kansas City, KS, School District.
It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of high school with all the added pressure, responsibility and drama.
"I was going through a lot of stuff. I was fighting, bullying people," Shelzaray Barnes said.
Shelzaray needed guidance and that's where Young Women on the Move came in. She said joining the after-school mentoring program has helped her to find herself.
"We work on our bodies, our mind and our spirit and I can say that I feel more better about myself and I'm comfortable more with myself ever since I've been in it," Shelzaray said.
The program challenges the young women to take control of their lives and be a positive change for their communities - which is what they are doing with their online project to raise money and awareness for a local food pantry operated out of a church basement in Wyandotte County.
"We try to bring awareness to hunger. We're trying to stomp it out," Daleisha Lamar said.
"It's been fantastic because I think of it as, one day my family can end up like that, having to go to a food pantry. I just put myself in their shoes," Joslyn Robinson said.
The experience gives the girls a sense of purpose and has made a huge difference in their school work.
Before Joslyn joined, she got C's on her report card. Now she's making the Honor Roll.
"They talk to you about college and how you can get somewhere in life. I don't want to just graduate high school and be in a job, I want to make something of myself," Joslyn said.
The nonprofit program is in six high schools and middle schools in the Kansas City, KS, School District.
Although the district doesn't finance Young Women on the Move, it does fully endorse it.
Young Women on the Move will use a portion of the donations it gets from the Souper Bowl of Caring event to keep its program going and it plans on donating the rest to the food pantry it works closely with.
To donate to the Souper Bowl of Caring event and to support the group, click here.
Click here to learn more about Young Women on the Move.
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