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Women of Worth - Each year, LOreal Paris recognizes 10 women who have dedicated their lives to serving their communities.
"Being a Women of Worth means having a global platform to influence social change by continuing to Nurture The Leader in Every Girl and ensuring that girls and youth in crisis are empowered leaders with a healthy mind, body, and spirit."
– Shreya Mantha, founder of Foundation For Girls

About Shreya Mantha

At just 13 years old, Shreya Mantha was tutoring sex-trafficking survivors to help them get their GEDs. Before her grandmother passed away from cancer, she told Shreya that many girls around the world need help and she wished Shreya would continue to support underprivileged girls. To fulfill her grandmother’s wish, Shreya set out on a mission to empower girls in crises and started making a difference in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, where the need is abundant. Charlotte is at the bottom of the list of major cities for economic mobility. Also, there is a 4.4% probability that a child reaches the top quintile of the national income distribution starting from a family in the bottom quintile in Charlotte. To do her part, in 2014 at just 13 years old, Shreya established Foundation For Girls, a youth-led social venture to change the life-trajectory of at-risk girls through a network of “caring coaches” and programs in Digital Literacy, Financial Wellness, Leadership, and Health and Wellbeing. Shreya partners with local community organizations, students, and professionals to coach girls in shelters, crisis centers, and afterschool programs. Working with trafficking survivors, teen moms, homeless, and refugees she gives them hope, aspiration, and scaffolding so that they can take charge of their futures. Shreya gives them access to coaches and tools they need to realize their full potential, find their passions, and become strong, confident, and self-reliant women. By June 2018, Foundation for Girls has reached 1,480 girls and youth since inception while conducting 298 workshops and investing over 14,000 hours in changing the life-trajectory of girls in crisis.

About Foundation For Girls

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