Sharon Kidd, the new board president of Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County, has extensive experience working with at-risk youth, and heading several commissions such as BART Citizens Review Board, African American Advisory Committee on Crime, and the Commission on Aging.
Kidd has been working with Girls Inc. for five years, serving as secretary, 2nd vice-president, and 1st vice-president as well as mentoring several local girls.
She recalls counseling one Girls Inc. participant who was having problems communicating with her mother.
“I told her that a mother’s love and advice is the best she can receive, after her spiritual advice from God,” Kidd said. “She must realize that no weapon formed against her will prosper.’”
Longtime friend Mario Tarver said Kidd has a giving nature. “She has a genuine passion for mentoring today’s youth,” he said.
With a B.A. in psychology, and a M.A. in public administration, Kidd enjoys the volunteer services that she provides as a board director for Girls Inc.
“I began volunteering with Girls Inc. to help others, but the person I helped the most was me,” she said. “There is nothing more satisfying than giving some of your precious time to the girls, because it is almost always the best time of your life.”
Girls Inc. is seeking volunteers who are interested in mentoring, grant writing and teaching programming to girls. For information contact (510) 232-5440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.