Grad student becomes president of nonprofit board

Nonprofit the Girls Empowerment Network has named Texas State Graduate Student Kierrah Holliday president of its Youth Advisory Board. PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDSAY PEASE

The Girls Empowerment Network announces that Kierrah Holliday will serve as president of its Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the 2017-18 school year. Holliday currently is a firstyear graduate student at Texas State University.

The 14-member Youth Advisory Board helps to ensure girls and young women are put at the very center of the Girls Empowerment Network. YAB members are young women ages 15-24 who give feedback about GEN’s programs and ensure their relevance to girls in grades 3 through 12 by directly contributing to projects and volunteerism. Each YAB member has previous experience with GEN’s programming, ranging from participating in clubGEN or Pathfinder to serving as an agency intern.

“The Youth Advisory Board is the heartbeat of this organization,” said Brittany Yelverton, community relations and volunteer manager for Girls Empowerment Network. “Kierrah and the other members understand the pulse of issues facing girls in schools and everyday life, and we are grateful for their time and dedication to empowering other girls.”

Holliday is currently a graduate student at Texas State University, where she is obtaining her master’s degree in sociology with a minor in women and gender studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Holliday first became involved with Girls Empowerment Network through her summer internship as a Pathfinder. Working with younger women inspired her to continue to peruse her dream in helping them in her community. Upon finishing her internship, she knew she didn’t want her journey at the Girl Empowerment Network to be over. Holliday has always had a passion for helping out others around her and she believes this is the perfect organization to do so. Her positive attitude and bright spirits can bring joy and light to any room. As a member of this year’s Youth Advisory Board, Holliday plans to contribute to GEN in a way that continues to bring positive images to women in society and continue to be an inspiration to women and young girls all around.

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