Young girls now have another resource available to them to nurture self-confidence and good character.

Those enrolled in kindergarten through fifth-grade may be mentored through the nonprofit Restoring Lives organization as part of a new program called Be BLUE.

Be BLUE, standing for “beautiful, loving, unique, exceptional,” is a mentor program to instill values of self-worth, etiquette, kindness, exercise and life skills. Counselors that pass through a full background check offer a shoulder to lean on for female youth the second and fourth Saturday of each month at Ashbrook Apartments on Knox Road.

Restoring Lives assistant Aysia Higgs said she and her boss, Shanita Jones, were inspired after reading literature emphasizing self acceptance and value.

“It was basically about learning to be yourself,” Higgs said. “You can’t be a red crayon or a green crayon if you’re a blue crayon.”

The girls, who may be enrolled in any area elementary school, have chosen to aid people experiencing homelessness in Ardmore and Oklahoma City with care packages.

Each care package will include a travel-size tissue package, deodorant, mouthwash, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton swabs, Band-Aids, soap, chapstick, cookies, raisins and crackers enclosed in a gallon Ziploc bag.

The girls in the program have been urged to seek donations through Nov. 28 in order to reach a goal of 500 care packages.

Donations may be made at the Restoring Lives office at 301 West Main St., suite 402.

“We hope that during their process with us, they will apply these skills to their daily living,” Higgs said. 

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