A Baltimore Girls Story (H.E.R.Story) is to encourage young ladies aged 13-21 to take a more substantive approach to caring for themselves by focusing on self-awareness, self-love and self-worth. The organization sponsors a mentoring program for young girls as well as tri-annual seminars open to young women throughout the city.
Meet the Women Behind ABGS
Founder & CEO
Yalmikia Edmonds is an entrepreneur, not only is she professional hair stylist, but also operates her own beauty salon in the neighborhood where she was raised in West Baltimore. She found that she had a gift for speaking to young girls, helping them to see the light in themselves and convincing them to share it with the world.
She is currently working to attain her Associates Degree in Human Services. She has volunteered her skills, providing basic hair care services to clients of organizations such as Humanim and Maryland New Directions.
Wanting to do more, Yalmikia launched A Baltimore Girl’s Story (ABGS) in January 2017.
She was soon afforded the opportunity to start a community group at Booker T. Washington middle school, where she now mentors 24 girls on a monthly basis. Her mentoring program encompasses team building exercises, self-worth and awareness challenges, and basic hair care methods. This program will be expanding to more schools around the city for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Yalmikia is working hard to make A Baltimore Girl’s Story a nationwide brand while raising two children.
Director of Operations
Sarah Wallace is a community organizer and activist who has been servicing the Baltimore community for over seven years. She realized in college she had a passion for getting things done when the administration of UMES told her they couldn’t make their computer lab 24 hours as “there was no demand for it”. Sarah organized a petition with signatures from 80% of the student body (read:3,000 students) 3 days later, they granted her request.
Currently,she is partnered with Yalmikia Edmonds and A Baltimore Girl’s Story, and also dedicates her services to various community groups and non-profits. She does all of this while being a dedicated single mother to her 2 children, Jabari and Eden.
Director of Partnerships & Community Outreach
Stacey Ann Ferguson, a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco working as a Maternal and Child Health Volunteer, focusing specifically on HIV/AIDS education within schools, midwifery training, and various other heath and sanitation projects within her community.
After Peace Corps, Ferguson became involved with Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations through Suffolk University.
Stacey earned her B.A. in English from Westfield State College, a License in Practical Nursing from McFatter Technical Center, and received her Master’s degree in Women’s Health from Suffolk University in 2010. Stacey is also graduate of the Peace Corps Leadership Development Academy in 2011 and joined the EMA region as a Desk Officer that same year. During her employment she managed a diverse portfolio of countries including Ukraine, Moldova, Thailand, China, Nepal, and Indonesia.
Stacey resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Brendan and two daughters, Kiva and Nami and is incredibly honored to be a part of the ABGS program.
Every Baltimore Girl has a Story to tell. What’s yours?
H.E.R. – Hope, Empowerment, Resilience
A Baltimore Girl’s Story ( H.E.R. Story) is a community outreach organization encouraging young ladies age 13-21 to take a more substantive approach to caring for themselves through focusing on self-awareness, self-love and self-worth. Though ABGS launched in Baltimore, we envision spreading our message and events nationwide.
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Our inaugural event was not only inspiring and empowering, but was a sell out event. Check out a few pics from the event in the gallery below.