Local women hope to start Charlottesville chapter of 100 Black Women

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- On Sunday afternoon, women from around central Virginia met at the Old Metropolitan Hall in Charlottesville to discuss the creation of a local chapter of 100 Black Women.

It is an organization that helps connect young African-American women with successful older women who can mentor them.

"There's so many young women here in the area that have potential. They just need the right guidance," said Kristie Rush, one of the members of the steering committee looking to create the local chapter.

Organizers say that they hope many of the women who came to the meeting on Sunday will become mentors in the program.

"It's really important for youth to have someone who looks like them, comes from where they come from, and does the things that they like to do, and encourage them," said Shantron Franklin-Sims, another member of the steering committee.

The local chapter isn't chartered yet, but many of the organizers said they could see a bright future in Charlottesville.

"I really hope and believe that this organization will be a part of this area for years to come," said Franklin-Sims.

"Often [black women] are shy. We often don't think that we can do what other people tell us to do. So, it's a great opportunity to have someone other than your Mother, your sister, or your aunt, tell you 'yes you can,'" said Leah Puryear, another member of the steering committee.

Women who are interested in becoming mentors or learning more about the organization should contact cvillementors@gmail.com, or call (434)-806-3142.

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