Higher ed

College student launches program for girls affected by homicide

Newark, New Jersey, is consistently ranked among the most dangerous cities in the U.S.; in 2013, it had the third-highest homicide rate in the nation. That was also the year Swarthmore College student and Newark native A’Dorian Murray-Thomas won a $10,000 social justice grant from Swarthmore, which she used to set up a summer program for middle-school girls whose lives had been affected by homicide. It’s a personal issue for Murray-Thomas, whose own father was robbed and killed when she was just seven; she also draws inspiration from her mother, a former social worker. From July through August, the girls meet three days a week for activities like swimming lessons, mentorship sessions and social justice workshops. “When you see how much these girls have grown in terms of self-respect, self-esteem, leadership capability… I couldn’t think of anything else that I would be doing this summer besides this,” Murray-Thomas told USA Today.

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