A Valley youth program is empowering young girls to be brave, bold and confident. It's just how they're doing that's a little different, through skateboarding.
"I think it's just wanting to do something that the boys can do too and show that they have the abilities as well," said Mary Gardner who helps head up Skate Rising at the 91 West Skate Park in Peoria.
It's an all-girls skate boarding program aimed at building friendships and confidence. Megan is 15-year-old and says skateboarding has given her self-confidence a boost.
"Now that I know girls can do stuff that boys can do, just as good or better," said Megan.
The girls work with professionals to get the sport down. They even have to learn to fall the right way so they don't get hurt. But with every mistake and every fall, there might be a life lesson.
"Get back up when you fall. Keep trying. Don't lose hope," said Megan.
Skate Rising meets every third Saturday of the month. The next skating event is May 20th at 91 West Skate Park. The program is open to the public.
Click HERE for more information on the program.