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Johnson High alumnae starts nonprofit to empower young women in Savannah

Marshae Smith Marshae Smith

What did you do on your summer vacation?

Not many college freshman can say they went back home, started a nonprofit organization and mentored young women, but Marshae Smith can.

The Johnson High School graduate founded We Are Queens to empower, educate and elevate young ladies in the Savannah community.

Smith, 19, spent the last two months working closely with 13 young women, teaching them how to transition from high school to college, build strong resumes, dress appropriately for different occasions, build self confidence, respect and carry themselves and act as if they are queens.

"I saw the need for a positive female role model in my community who was willing to reach out and help others, and I decided that I was going to be that person," Smith said.

Although Smith has to leave to return to school in Orangeburg, SC, she plans to also start a chapter of her organization on the campus of Claflin University, where she will invite fellow college students to participate.

Smith is a sophomore where she has a 4.0 GPA, is a cheerleader and also Miss Sophomore.

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