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A.G., 15 yrs old says

Purple W.I.N.G.S (PWs) help me so much because I used to runaway.  Then I was sent to PWs, and at first I was scared because I had no idea what I was doing, or what was going on in my life. But PWs really helped me open up more, set goals, and quit running away, and hanging out with the wrong crowd.  Now I go to class everyday, and I have honor classes. I am now a delegate for Ms. Junior Teen Nevada! PWs really helped me getting back on track and finding who I am. Thank you, and I love you PWs staff!


N.W. 18 yrs says

I have come to Purple W.I.N.G.S. for about 6 months and at 1st I was timid and it was hard to open up. The mentors are great and push you just enough to help. Many different topics and conversations have happened in these 6 months and I can say it helped me to vent or just learn new information. Now it has come for me to leave and I could not be more devastated. This place has helped me through so much. I want to return as a peer mentor to show the girls that even for people that are “different,” this place is great and helpful.

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C.A., 17 yrs says

Hello, my name is Christine and I want to tell you about my involvement with the Purple WINGS Organization. I currently am a senior at Spring Valley High School and am taking three rigorous AP classes and involved in seven clubs. I am a graduate and an active volunteer at Purple WINGS and I see the girls who walk in and out through these doors. I see some of them leave, but I see most of the girls evolve into better people and powerful and strong young women. First and foremost, I cannot begin to explain all that Purple WINGS has done for me and the support and love they have given me over the years. This organization was life changing and allowed me to grow into the person I am today. Without the wonderful mentors such as Ms. Toshia, Ms. Zidonia, Ms. Tatiana, Ms. Jordan and Ms. Mia, I do not know where I would be. Like them, I have developed as a young, aspiring woman soon to be attending college and like the organization, I have grown with it. Purple WINGS started as a small organization to help underprivileged girls around the Las Vegas area, but I have stuck around long enough to see it evolve and help all types of girls with different situations. When I first arrived to Purple WINGS through Diversion Court in August 2013, I never knew the impact it would have on my life and others.

As a young woman who is growing up in a society that tells her that she is never worth enough, it is immensely important for all girls to receive mentoring. Mentoring allows a young girl or woman to express the way they feel and evolve as a person to show their true colors. When I first joined the Purple WINGS program, I had low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and I did not see my worth in this world. Moreover, I believed that I was not deemed acceptable in society and that it would be better off without me, but because of mentoring, I was able to overcome these obstacles and find my self-worth and fix my self-esteem issues. As a participant of this wonderful organization, I believe that mentoring helps a young girl find her inner core and truly express who she is and what she stands for. Most of the time, girls are not able to express how they feel to a loved one or friend in fear of being rejected, made fun of or put down. Mentoring is important for this exact reason because the mentors at Purple WINGS accept girls for who they are. No matter what they did in the past or what they endured, Purple WINGS always finds a way to make the girls in the organization feel loved and help them find a group of people who truly cares about them.

Personally, as a teenager who was directed to this organization from Diversion Court, my first impression of the organization was that it was another class that would tell me to fix my attitude or “try to fix me” for everything that I was doing wrong. However, when I first stepped into the room with the other girls and mentors, one of the mentors made me cry. She did not make me cry because she was making fun of me, but rather because I finally found someone who would truly accept me for the way I was. I felt like I had no one to turn to in my time of need. I remember this mentor, Ms. Zidonia, telling me to “change my tape” because I told her “nothing” after she asked me what I loved about myself. She said that it was important to change the message that was playing inside of my head that I was not worth it, not good enough, ugly and stupid. To this day, I still follow that advice and thank her every time I see her for making me realize how important I am.

The women at Purple WINGS do not only take time out of their day to help young girls, but they also help all types of women as well. For example, my mother has also received mentoring from the women at Purple WINGS. In my household, my mom is often emotionally abused by her parents (my grandparents) because she does not have a job and is a single mom. As a daughter, I did not like seeing my mom suffer from this abuse and told her that she needed mentoring from Purple WINGS. Ms. Toshia was able to help her and teach her to be strong no matter what and that my grandparents’ words did not mean anything. Overall, I truly am thankful to Purple WINGS for letting me find who I am and letting me “change my tape.”

P.F. 18 yr old says

Before Purple Wings I was a typical teenage girl with low self-esteem & no self-determination. I was going down the wrong path. Although, I wanted to make better choices I didn’t know where to start and I needed a push and a lot of encouragement. When I, first started to go to Purple Wings, I have to admit I was a little iffy about where it would take me but, when I started I knew I needed to be there. Starting Purple Wings, they gave us 30, 60, & 90-day goals. My 30-day goal was to finish high school. Purple Wings actually paid for me to enroll back in school at Desert Rose Adult High School. Through them, I successfully graduated and received my diploma over the course of 1 and half months. They have also helped me with my self-esteem problems and helped me become more mature and helped me develop from a teenage girl to a beautiful young woman. I must say I am still not perfect and have much more to learn but I know for a fact with more help of Purple Wings they are going to help me get ready for the outside world.

K.C. 17 yr old says

When I first started Purple W.I.N.G.S. I thought it was going to be some dumb therapy class, but on the 1st day when I got home, I knew it was going to be great help. I absolutely loved coming to this class. This class not only helped my communication skills, but it also made me realize that I can do better. Which led me to change things in my life, and my behavior. I want to thank the instructors at Purple W.I.N.G.S. for helping me better my life. This has been a great change and experience. I really appreciate all the concern, and love.

M.O., 16 yr old says

Through Purple W.I.N.G.S. I learned that I don’t have to do things that aren’t right to make money. That I should respect my body, and myself and then others will respect me. They helped me see that I am beautiful, smart, and worthy. I was selling my body to make ends meet, but they helped me realize my worth, and to learn that my body is a temple. Because of their help I am back in school, working on a real job, and looking forward to my future. I’m not sure where I would be without their help and love. Thank you ladies of Purple W.I.N.G.S.!


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A.H., 14 yr old says

Before Purple W.I.N.G.S., I just wasn’t the best person I could be. When I first walked through the doors I wasn’t too excited nor did I even want to be here, but during the 12 weeks of knowing the facilitators my life has done a complete U-turn. I used to experiment with drugs, wouldn’t go to school, and pretty much just doing everything that I wasn’t supposed to do. Then, its almost as if I had an epiphany and asked myself “why am I making these choices?” During this journey I feel as if I’ve grown in a lot of ways. Purple W.I.N.G.S. is most definitely a huge help whit it comes to young teenage girls living in Nevada, and it was the one thing that helped me turn my life around!


C.O., 16 yr old says

I have learned so much from this program; my choices have changed dramatically, but in a good way. My experience has gotten me to bringing my grades up, making a lot better choices, and choosing good alternatives in my life. I am so glad I met the facilitators because they have taught me so much. I just want to say thank you, I love you guys, and thank you for helping me change my life!



K.L., 17 yrs old says
After a long bout with drugs, and being in “the life,” the volunteers didn’t judge me, they stayed by my side through it all. A second chance on life is what Purple W.I.N.G.S. has given me. They didn’t give up on me, which helped me to not give up on myself!”