Caché joined Girls Inc. of Huntsville in the 3rd grade, beginning an experience that would constantly expose her to new people and ideas. She remembers that it was never boring. Some days simply provided time to complete school work and others presented exciting outings or projects but there was always something new to broaden their experiences and challenge them.
As Caché entered the 9th grade, she began volunteering to assist with the 6-8th grade class and worked as a Junior Staff Member throughout the rest of high school. Her time at Girls Inc. was memorable and rewarding, as she served as a counselor and mentor for the younger girls. Caché learned about patience, became a better listener, and practiced problem solving. One of the middle school girls she worked with was deaf and taught her sign language. Another with autism demonstrated how small gestures of kindness can significantly turn someone’s day around.
Caché describes her entire experience at Girls Inc. of Huntsville as “invigorating.” Each girl introduced the others to unique perspectives and personalities forcing each other to adapt to unexpected situations and sharpen their communication skills. Her peers and teachers provided constant encouragement and support, leaving Caché with a feeling of confidence knowing that despite challenges “you can make it happen.”
As a little girl, Caché wanted to be a police officer and her interest in that field never faded. When she participated in our College Bound program as a high school senior and learned about Criminal Justice degree programs available at some of the campuses she visited, she knew she had found her career path. With the benefit of the direction and confidence she found through Girls Inc., she headed to the University of Alabama graduating in 2019 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Cyber Criminology and Psychology. She is scheduled to receive a Master’s in Criminal Justice from University of Alabama at Birmingham in late 2021 and plans to pursue a career helping others, possibly serving underprivileged children or juveniles released from incarceration. Caché hopes she can provide those young people with the encouragement, determination, and focus she found through her time at Girls Inc. of Huntsville.