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New nonprofit knows ‘it takes a village’

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 12:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 12:04 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Momma’s Village, a nonprofit organization that offers mentoring for girls 11-18 and parenting programs for mothers and expecting mothers ages 15-21, is seeking community support to continue its mission.

Momma’s Village offers services such as mentoring, advocacy, resources and referrals, supplies and necessities, educational and vocational support, and special events and programs. The organization was founded by Northern Illinois University graduates Sharron Bugg and Tifarah Jackson, both wives and mothers themselves.

Bugg has mentored young girls since she was in high school and has dreamed for years of operating her own not-for-profit. Jackson was a teen mom who knows the difficulties young mothers face and the strength they need to achieve their goals.

Beautiful Ambitious Girls, or BAGS, is a Momma’s Village program that mentors girls 11-18. BAGS is intended to increase confidence, self-esteem, determination and motivation to pursue a dream. The program encourages emotional and social growth and opens lines of conscious dialogue between girls, their peers and their parents.

The motto of Momma’s Village, “It takes a village,” comes from an African proverb and describes how a community working together can give youth a chance at a better life, academic excellence and healthy relationships with others and themselves. Eventually, Bugg and Jackson hope to open a transitional home and resource center for young women, Bugg said.

The group needs monetary donations to maintain its services, and hopes to establish partnerships and collaborations throughout the county. Checks can be made payable to Momma’s Village and mailed to Momma’s Village, 600 E. Lincoln Highway, #505, DeKalb, IL 60115.

For more information, find Momma's Village and BAGS on Facebook, visit www.mommasvillage.webs.com, or email mommasvillage2012@gmail.com.

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