January 21, 2014
Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 6:56 AM EDT
Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - These young women have been working to make a difference in the community for most of their lives.
“Our group is called Sisterhood Inc. And our mission is changing our community one venture at a time,” Founder Craisuanda Paige said.
Founder Craisuanda Paige and others started the group as a dance ministry in 2008. Now, they say it has grown into something bigger.
“We go into our community. We volunteer and we give back,” Paige said.
Member Ikeyah Williams agrees.
“We like to show, especially young women that you can do anything,” Williams said.
Over the weekend, they held a very special event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
“We just had our MLK Keep Our Dream Alive community Luncheon where we honor people who do good things in the community,” Paige said.
Sisterhood Inc also recently brought a group of young boys to the WWF Wrestling match, putting smiles on their faces.
The group also gives back to those who need it most.
”Sisterhood has a clothing and food drive that we do for those that are in need. I've always in assisted in adopting a family. I always give what I could. Even if it meant I only had a dollar in my pocket, I've given that,” Co-Founder Joi Robinson said.
These young women's home base is the Doris W. Jones Center, which is part of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority. They call it their second home.
“Any program that was here I was here. I was in the lets talk program. I was here to volunteer for the conference. I recently started volunteering here to feed needy people and their families,” Robinson said.
Annie Fields-Chapman is the General Manager of the Doris W. Jones Center.
“The history of the girls is that they grew up here. They had a commitment to give back to the community. So we are proud of them, just very proud of them,” Chapman said.
Their next event is one for young girls, called My Princess Looks Like Me.
“We like the fact that Disney brought up an African American Princess because there is not many out there. We are having little girls come out dressed as princesses, have their tiaras and have a day of pampering,” Williams said.
They said this group and these events would help inspire people young and old to be all they can be and also give back to the community in their own way.
The My Princess Looks Like Me event will take place February 8th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Doris Jones Center.