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Los Angeles, California, March 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shero’s Rise, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering and supporting girls, has partnered with Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles to bring more than 200 young women from greater Los Angeles to participate in an innovative program designed to foster self-esteem, develop personal skills, and equip them with the tools to challenge negative messages in society. The innovative educational partnership will offer the Shero’s Rise Twelve Pillar Curriculum at MSMU’s Doheny Campus beginning Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Shero’s Rise will provide its innovative program free of charge focused on girls ages 8-19 (grades 3-12) from underserved communities who have been marginalized, experienced negative messaging and/or lack access to support information, resources and opportunities. The “Ignite the Force Within” program will include inspirational speakers, small discussion groups, self-reflection journals and stories, affirmations, and ongoing mentorship from trained facilitators and volunteers.

“Investing in a girl provides the highest possible return because when you raise a girl, you impact her village and empower her community,” said Sonali Perera Bridges, Founder of Shero’s Rise. “Partnering with Mount Saint Mary’s expands our reach and mission to reach even more girls in need through our proven development programs.”

The first session on March 26 will focus on self-esteem. The following Saturday sessions will explore the themes of self-respect, empathy, self-reliance, self-confidence and courage and will end on August 20 with a program to recognize each Shero for their achievements.

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About Shero’s Rise

Shero’s Rise was launched in October 2020 by founder Sonali Perera Bridges, an alumnus of Mount Saint Mary’s University. Shero’s Rise is a revolutionary and transformative program that builds a girl’s social-emotional capital, creating a gentle path to self-actualization. The mission is to empower girls from underserved communities through educational programs and meaningful mentorship to activate their inner strengths and guide their journey of inner self-discovery. The non-profit organization is grounded in child and adolescent development research, fueled by the power of storytelling and strengthened by building relationships that combine to ignite strength in the inside each girl, allowing her to become her own Shero.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount Saint Mary’s University is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the country. The University is nationally known for its research in gender equality, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s offers flexible, online year-round programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered for women and men. For more information, please visit

Eva Diaz
Mount Saint Mary's University
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Source: Mount Saint Mary’s University