Kenyetta Richmond is all about respect, and she has spent the last four years helping teenage girls throughout Forsyth County respect themselves.

Richmond, 40, coordinates the “Teens-4-Change” program at Family Services. Teens-4-Change is a club for girls ages 14 to 18 in Forsyth County that teaches leadership skills and educates girls about healthy relationships and healthy living. And though organizing the program is part of Richmond’s job, she has, the girls she has worked with say, made helping them her life.

Richmond, who will be honored Tuesday night by the Winston-Salem City Council with a Young Dreamers Award for her work, didn’t set out to change the way teenage girls think about themselves.

“I didn’t know anything about domestic violence or sexual assault,” says Richmond, who also trains volunteers for Family Services. “I actually got hired because of my training capabilities.”
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