HAMMOND | On May 11, Business owner, Norma Serrano-Williams of Excellence by Design, volunteered her time along with a few members of her crew, to mentor a group of 5 young ladies from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana’s Hammond Club, teaching them how to paint. These five young ladies participate in the Keystone Club program at the Boys & Girls Club, a program that enhances girls physical and emotional well being to increase their self-esteem. Their project was to paint the tech-center at the Hammond Club.
Norma has taken her painting business to another level and started a new non-profit organization Girls & Paint.
“This has meant the world to me. I was honored to be part of these girls lives, honored to sow something fabulous into their lives. Today I can check something great of my bucket list," Serrano-Williams said after spending the morning with five young ladies.
Girls & Paint mentors young women that may come from disadvantage circumstances and make a positive impact on their futures while teaching them a valuable trait.
“This experience today was fun and exciting. I learned how to paint and how to respect myself as a young lady,” 15-year-old Cashmere Collins of the Hammond Club SMART Girls Program said.
Robert Montgomery, Interim Vice President of Development and Marketing said, “We cannot thank Norma and her crew enough for helping these girls discover their own self worth. It’s good to see young women building careers that are outside the ‘Box’. Nearly 70% of the households in communities like Gary and Hammond are headed by women; they are the backbone of our society. We need more programs like this one to help enhance the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.”