A’Dorian Murray-Thomas, Inspiring One Girl at a Time
When A’Dorian Murray-Thomas was just 7 years old, her father was murdered in a robbery in her hometown of Newark, N.J. Fortunately for her, she had a community of loving, supportive people surrounding her who encouraged her to be the best person she could be despite having had misfortune and grief touch her young life.
These people inspired Thomas to create a safe space for young girls who have been through or are currently experiencing traumatic life events. Her creation is She Wins Inc.
“I founded She Wins Inc. with the goal of giving other girls the same opportunity I had,” says Thomas. “A community where—no matter how challenging the experiences they’ve endured—they were always seen, heard and empowered.”
The organization specializes in offering college and career advice, self-empowerment lessons, mentorship programs, and leadership development workshops to girls between the ages of 10 and 15. In the space of two years, more than 100 girls from the greater Newark area have benefited from the organization, and have themselves become agents of change.
Thomas has been named one of Glamour magazine’s college women of the year, and was recognized last fall by the White House as a “champion of change for college opportunity.” She stated,
“To be recognized by [the Obama] administration for doing the work that matters most to me, and to do so with some of the She Wins scholars sitting in the audience at the White House, was truly one of my proudest and most humbling experiences of my life.”
In April, the organization hosted its first Newark Girls Empowerment Summit, where scholars had the opportunity to connect with community leaders who could assist them in realizing their dreams.
Thomas graduated from Swarthmore College in May 2016, and currently works for Opportunity Youth Network’s Reengagement Center, which assists high school dropouts in obtaining their diplomas, landing jobs, and attaining success.
By: Danielle Dixon
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