After being bullied and dealing with low self-esteem, Hyjiah, an Idea Girl from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania decided that she wanted to make an impact on the world. She started her own non-profit, SuperGirlzland, which encourages girls to express themselves and never feel alone. Read on for our interview with her.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
I love singing, dancing, acting, and writing. I also am very busy traveling internationally and creating programs for my non-profit.
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?
I want to become a pediatrician and the first African-American woman President of the USA.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.
We host workshops and events throughout the year to connect girls with low self-esteem and give back to the community. The main focus of our events is to spread awareness of how much self-esteem matters and to bring youth together from all walks of life. This is how our youth are able to connect and learn each other's stories. As for helping people in poverty, I give back to shelters every year. I have adopted a family for the holidays, I had a coat drive where we collected over 50 brand new coats, I travel to South Africa where I personally take school supplies, clothing, brand new shoes, and personal items for the young girls. I recognize their needs and help address them. When we are in South Africa, we also have one-on-one time with girls there.
I learn and connect to other girls by hearing their stories and how they have dealt with low self-esteem from being in poverty and being victims of crimes so young. These girls have been victimized and I allow them to get their stories out to the world. I connect with them by sharing how I have been a victim of bullying and how that impacted me.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?
I came up with my idea from being a victim of being bullied and dealing with low self-esteem.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I've had to learn to trust people's word and support. I also had to learn that I just needed to believe in myself even harder.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
I have have met so many girls from all walks of life, and I have expanded internationally in South Africa and West Africa.
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
I still need to use social media to help me spread my story, my vision, and my work that I'm doing. You can help by helping me continue to spread awareness on how low self-esteem and poverty
facing youth today. I also need help in whatever way you can with fundraising and sponsorship so I can continue my mission.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?
My advice is to make sure you want it or you won't excel at it. Make sure you are committed and dedicated and you believe in yourself first.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
Don't ever give up on your vision.
If you know a girl with a story like Hyjiah's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl!