Non-Profit speaks to middle school students just weeks after their classmate dies

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The founder of a nonprofit that works to empower women and girls talked to students at an Eastern Carolina middle school today, one that was rocked by gun violence just last month.

The group called “Queen Fix Your Crown” spoke about empowerment and confidence to a group of girls here at CM Epps Middle School, spreading a message of positivity. That’s especially needed now, as just a little over two weeks ago, a student here was shot and killed by another teenager.

The 8th-grade girls filled the gym Tuesday morning to hear September Higgs, founder of Queen Fix Your Crown’s, message.

She gave the girls the opportunity to speak highly about themselves in a mirror and passed out hygiene kits in case of emergencies at school.

“I feel like the message encouraged me to look at myself and think better of myself to say that I am enough and don’t let other people’s worries or thoughts about me bring me down,” said one 8th grader, Malkaila Harper.

With a mission that comes after Higgs herself struggled at a young age.

“I’ve been there; as a little girl, I struggled to believe in myself and love myself, and I want every young girl to feel loved and every young girl to feel like they are worthy,” said Higgs.

Her message of support is desperately needed as this school lost a student to gun violence in late December when 14-year-old Zykere Langley was shot and killed after a dispute on social media.

Tuesday’s gathering offered a chance for students to feel less alone.

I also asked Higgs about the age of comparison on social media, and she said every young girl needs to know that they don’t have to be like one another to make an impact and they can change the world by being their authentic self.

The group has already spoken to 15 different schools so far and has a mission to speak to at least one organization in all 50 states.