Created: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:21:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 02:51:05 EST
The Mentors Project fights a growing statistic in Bibb County.
They're helping young girls understand their self-worth, hoping of keeping them out of trouble.
An intense conversation with a child abuse doctor over tea is motivating some students in the Mentors project to be successful, by staying away from crime and learning age appropriate behavior.
The GIRLS REAL RAP Americana Tea Party speaker was Yameika Head, a child abuse pediatrician at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
"I think it was important to come out and talk to the girls because a lot of parents are afraid to talk to girls about different topics that are very important to them and to their lives," said Head.
Some of the topics of the forum were sex trafficking, peer pressure and abstaining from until marriage.
The Mentors Project fights to keep their student from being a part of alarming statistics. In 2011, 357 girls in Bibb County went through the Department of Juvenile Justice's system.
The goal of the Mentors Project is to steer students away from drugs, crime, and dropping out of school
97 percent of the protégés in the program who graduate from high school with an active mentor go on to college or trade school.