P.O.W.E.R.G, a mentor program for young ladies, graduates first class

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – One local mentorship program in Bowling Green is coming to a bittersweet end. For the year that is.

Since November, female police officers with the Bowling Green Police Department have spent time mentoring high school girls.

These young ladies are involved in the Bowling Green Housing Authority and participate in a program called P.O.W.E.R.G.

P.OW.E.R.G stands for “Police Officers With Educated, Responsible Girls.”

The program gives 12 to 15-year-old girls a chance to connect with female officers in a positive way.

Since the first meeting, police officers like Penny Bowles have helped them work on self-esteem, behavior modification, and schoolwork.

On Thursday night, local Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers were able to sponsor a graduation dinner for the P.O.W.E.R. participants.

This was after they received a $1,000 grant from the Senior Kappa Affairs Endowment Fund.

Kappa Alpha Psi was one of four organizations out of 25 from Kentucky and Tennessee that applied for the grant.

The brothers escorted the ladies inside for dinner and served their meals, giving them examples of positive male influences.

Clay Smalley, Kappa Alpha Psi Polemarch, says that was something most of them didn’t have in their lives. Until now.

The Bowling Green Police Department is looking to expand next year with any new girls interested in the program.

If you’d like information on that, please contact the Bowling Green Police Department at 270-393-4244.

You can also call the Housing Authority of Bowling Green at 270-843-6071.