Charity Spotlight: Girls of Virtue Celebrates 4 Years With Second Annual 5K

Four years ago, young entrepreneur Della Sellers had a dream to help five young women. She then set out to create Girls of Virtue, a nonprofit organization aiming to create a safe environment for young women that will teach them the proper skills they need to face today’s complex generation. Their primary goal is to instill life skills through mentorship, workshops, and education to empower and equip them spiritually, mentally, physically, and financially.

“Through our monthly high school outreach, we have continually helped nearly 115 young women to date. The center consistently sees about 10-15 girls a week, and our new executive program has five young women in the pilot,” says Sellers.

Girls who enter the program are surrounded by strong, successful women who have experienced challenges and overcome them to succeed in their personal and professional lives. The women of Girls of Virtue will be available to mentor, guide, motivate, and inspire the girls in the program. As the girls reach an age where they can enter the workforce, the nonprofit will provide resources to assist them in obtaining vocational licenses. The mentorship relationship will continue during the secondary education process to ensure the girls in the program are successful and happy in their new careers.

In November 2022, Girls of Virtue opened the first Empowerment Center in our area to offer these classes to the young women in our community. They have a gym and yoga studio to teach fitness, mindfulness, and self-defense; a kitchen to teach nutrition and healthy cooking on a budget; a library with books to empower and equip them; a computer lab for homework, resumes, college, and job applications; a creative arts studio to expand their imaginations and private mental health rooms for mentoring and one-on-one counseling. There is also a large “life skills room” to offer group therapy and workshops in every class to prepare ladies for success.

Girls of Virtue Empowerment Center in Downtown Jacksonville, FL

How to Get Involved

Give a donation. One of the ways they are able to make a difference in the lives of these girls is through the generosity of donors like you. Your donations allow them to provide girls with access to educational programs, mentorship, and a supportive community. They also help us to fund necessary expenses such as facility rentals, materials, and staff salaries. By making a donation to Girls of Virtue, you are investing in the future of these young girls and helping to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to succeed. Your support is crucial to our ability to make a positive impact in the lives of these girls. Join in their mission to inspire and empower young girls to reach their full potential. Donate today and make a lasting impact on the lives of girls in Jacksonville.

Become a mentor. As a mentor volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with girls in grades 6-12, providing guidance, support, and encouragement as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and strive to become confident, self-sufficient young women. You’ll have the chance to share your skills and expertise, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of girls who are eager to learn and grow. Plus, you’ll have the chance to connect with other like-minded individuals and build meaningful relationships with the girls you serve. Whether you have a few hours a week or a few hours a month to give, there’s a place for you at Girls of Virtue. So if you’re ready to make a positive impact in the lives of young girls, we encourage you to apply to become a mentor volunteer today!

Become a sponsor. Are you looking to make a positive impact in your community and support the empowerment of young girls? Consider becoming a sponsor. Their mission is to inspire and educate girls to become leaders, entrepreneurs, and advocates for change. Through mentorship, workshops, and community service opportunities, they strive to help girls build confidence, resilience, and a sense of purpose. As a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to directly support the growth and development of girls in your community. Your contribution will help them provide resources and programming for their girls, and allow them to expand our reach and impact. Join in and help empower the next generation of strong, capable women. Become a sponsor for Girls of Virtue today!

Run the 5K or 1-Miler! You can also join a local event, like the upcoming GoVirtue 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run in beautiful downtown Jax, coming up on Saturday, April 20! Register here.

Meagan Vesta
Midwest-natives Meagan and her husband Matt first moved to Jacksonville in 2011 and have lived all over town from the beaches to St. John's County. They now own a small farm in Nassau County along with their two sons and two rescue dogs. This year they are starting a market garden featuring fresh, locally-grown produce and you can follow along on their journey at @vestafamilyfarms! Meagan has been a full-time working mom, a stay-at-home mom, and now a work-from-home mom for Jax Mom while homeschooling her two boys and helping run the farm. They enjoy watching their sons play little league along with Jumbo Shrimp games and also enjoy fishing and boating in Jax whenever they can!


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