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ISSUES: Gwen's Girls offers after-school programs for at-risk children

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Gwen's Girls offers gender specific after-school programs, providing a safe space where girls and young women can form relationships, build self-esteem and gain resiliency.

PITTSBURGH -- According to a 2013 "State of Girls" study, 42% of girls in the United States live in low-income families, with 1 out of every 5 living below the poverty line, increasing their risk to encounter physical, emotional and behavioral hurdles.

Since 2002, Gwen's Girls, a Pittsburgh nonprofit organization has been helping more than five-thousand young girls avoid these negative experiences.

Gwen's Girls offers gender specific after-school programs, providing a safe space where girls and young women can form relationships, build self-esteem and gain resiliency.

The organization was founded by Gwen Elliott, a retired Pittsburgh Police Sergeant and Commander.

Four years ago Gwen's daughter Kathi became the organization's Chief Executive Officer. After building a career in nursing, Elliott is now leading the mission her mother started.

Elliott recently appeared on "Issues on the Point" to discuss their current after-school programs and opportunities along with new public policy projects.

For more information, visit Gwen's Girls online.

Watch "Issues on the Point" every Sunday morning at 6:30 on 22 the Point.

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