A'Dorian Murray-Thomas '12 recently started a program called SheWins, which helps girls living in Murray-Thomas' hometown of Newark, NJ cope with violence.
Passionate about civic service and social responsibility—and having coped with the effects of violence herself, after her father was shot and killed when Murray-Thomas was seven years old—she started the program with a grant of $10,000, awarded by Swarthmore College. Murray-Thomas is a senior at Swarthmore studying political science, with a minor in black studies and education.
Through SheWins, Murray-Thomas mentors 12- and 13-year-old girls who have lost family members to violence. She meets with them a minimum of three times a week, with lasting results.
"You can tell her anything and she won't tell anyone,'' Shariah Brown, 11, told NJ.com. "Because of her, I'm learning how to love myself and have more respect for myself.''
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