You Grow Girl! was established in 2002 by a young woman’s desire to share her personal experiences of going through the foster care system and having to overcome the barriers of abuse, low self-esteem, and neglect. Her goal was, and is, to empower, uplift and inspire girls with the message that life’s challenges will not dictate their success. Her journey of reaching out began small, through sharing her story in the forms of inspirational poetry, personal journal entries and spoken word with youth and victims of violence and quickly grew into service based work in case management, advocacy based counseling, group facilitation and recreational programming.
Over the years, she has been using her experiences, both personally and through being of service to youth, to develop the curriculum and tools that serve as a basis for the programs and activities offered by You Grow Girl! The success this organization was able to achieve through community partnerships allowed us to open Annara Counseling Services to continue to respond to the needs of the diverse community that populates King County.
We seek to provide a safe forum for girls to tackle the fears, insecurities, and pressures often associated with transitioning to young women, to develop the life and healthy relationship skills they will need as they enter womanhood, to find support in each other and to navigate basic needs resources within the community.