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Syracuse Police Department starts first Girls Empowerment Program

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Syracuse Police Department decided to try something different this year, creating a Girls Empowerment Program.

The Syracuse Police Department Office of Community Engagement introduced the Syracuse Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) Girls’ Empowerment Program that started Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Jimmy Oliver, the director of community engagement for the Syracuse Police Department told NewsChannel 9, “It came about because we believe that our young ladies are important, we believe that they need to be around positive individuals as well. We at PAL continue to try to find ways to engage our young girls in our community.”

Cynthia Thomas, a professor at SUNY Oswego, was chosen as the instructor of the program. She brings her experience in cosmetology and as a mom to a young daughter to support these girl’s journey to adulthood.

Thomas explained, “Our young ladies will dive into self-esteem, what it is and what it means to them, and how to build themselves up on a day-to-day basis. They will then transfer those skills into what it looks like to have positive friendships and deal with conflict, being a strong person, then we dive into hygiene and then we finish off with haircare. Hopefully, at the end of the six weeks, our girls are feeling more empowered and more confident in themselves, entering the community in the spaces they occupy with the pride they should have as a young lady.”

Thomas along with the Syracuse Police Department gives these young women the skills they need to succeed.

For a complete list of upcoming programs for kids and teens, you can visit, their Facebook and Instagram.

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