Utah professionals help educate, empower and encourage children

Local News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – As the old saying goes: seeing is believing. That can be especially true when it comes to kids. That’s why one organization felt it was important to have children meet professionals in careers they aspire to be in.

“We just want to show kids what they can be,” said Alyssha Dairsow, Founder of Curly Me! “that’s the entire purpose of the event.”

According to Dairsow, the Curly Me! organization serves as a resource for families with children of color, specifically Black girls from 5-14 years old. They host quarterly events that help educate, empower and encourage the girls to be their best selves and offer mentoring opportunities to help girls through what can be the challenging years. 

The organization’s first event of the year, Change the World with Her: Game Changers Edition, took place Saturday afternoon. Professionals in aviation, engineering, tech, the military, medicine, science, journalism and more, spoke to children about making their mark in the world.

The professionals shared their experiences of how they have “changed the game” in their community and career.

Dairsow says it’s important for children to know that they are represented in the professions they aspire to be in.

“Utah has a 2-percent minority, specifically black population here. It is growing and we want to make sure the kids see themselves in the professional world, because you can get kind of lost and not see yourself on a daily basis or even on a weekly basis.”

You can learn more about Curly Me! By connecting with them on Facebook and Instagram.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

How to Help During the Holidays

More Toys for Tots