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Women Of The Dream Shares The Importance of Giving Back

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"I’ve cried about how hard it is to live in Camden. Support systems are weak and there's never an escape in Camden. There's a lot of difficulties being someone like me.. There's drama. There's violence, pregnancy and statistics that all build up to become one big enemy,” said Faith Kroma.

Fortunately, Kroma's tears haven't gone unnoticed.

An enemy, the 17-year-old looks forward to defeating, someday.

"They didn’t even have to say anything to me. I just knew that these women, they've been through something and they've learned from it. So, that impressed me," said Kroma.

They are “Women of the Dream," doctors, lawyers, judges, authors and CEOs who are all taking teens like Faith, under their wings who understand, the importance of, giving back.

"We know what it is to struggle. Certainly I do. We did not start out, middle class. We know how important it is to have mentors," said Leslie Morris.

The women will teach the girls about life goals, career options, and the importance of education, safe sex, and overcoming mental health issues such as depression.

"I think there are too many of us who have made it and become successful who are doing nothing -intentionally, to give back. They have forgotten," said Morris.

It’s the reason why Morris started, the non-profit, "Women of the Dream."

"It’s a cohort of African American women born between 1947 and 1959 which means they went to college between 1965 and graduated in 1979, primary benefactors of the Civil Rights Movement," Morris said.

A time in our nation's history long before the Camden High School girls, who they now advise, were even born.

De'leeah Whetstone is a freshman who loves to run and wants to one day become a dermatologist, she won't have a problem doing this, now that Women of the Dream are involved.

"My guidance counselor came to me and said, do you want to be in this program, and i was like, sure," Whestone recalled. “I contacted all of these women. I said, "This is my dream. This is my vision. this, is what we need to be doing."

And the women, all of whom are graduates of Simmons College, a private school located in Boston agree.

Denise Morrison, a former high school classmate of Leslie, is now president and CEO of Campbell’s Soup.

"I think the problem is so many of our girls are growing up without the involvement of their fathers and so they don't get the affirmation that all girls should get growing up," said Morrison. "I think little girls have dreams, and young women, have dreams and, nobody can achieve dreams by themselves."

Morrison has also committed to supporting the non-profit financially.

"They should have the same opportunities to pursue those dreams and so, I’m in a position and so is Campbell's to make that connection," she said.

This is very good news for the 15 girls selected to participate in the program.

"You know, it was different for me seeing a lot of African American women with master's degrees, bachelor degrees. You know I was never aware of this," said Markirra Williams. "I know this program, because of the support; it can open my mind to a lot of possibilities in the world and help me make a decision of what I want to be in life."

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