Outstanding Mature Girlz gain national attention on 'TODAY with Hoda and Jenna'
The NBC morning show, TODAY, featured OMG founder Sashika Baunchand and members of this statewide nonprofit that teaches girls to be leaders and scholars.
On June 19, ‘Today with Hoda and Jenn’ contributor Donna Farizan went beyond the walls of one of Louisiana’s largest all-girl nonprofits, Outstanding Mature Girlz to present the journey of its founder Sashika Baunchand.
For ten years, Baunchand’s faith-first mentality, sacrifice, dedication, and compassion have helped hundreds of young ladies across Louisiana.
In the five-minute feature, Farizon interviewed Bauchand, OMG members, and their mothers. The segment was taped in Baton Rouge during OMG’s recent summer event where they completed emergency preparedness games, learned emotional support strategies using the CPR method, created relaxing Bliss Bath Salts with Beluga Bliss, and enjoyed a crawfish boil hosted by the city’s first female constable Terrica Williams.
Farizon also presented a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo to the organization.
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome made a surprise appearance during the feature and presented a certificate of recognition to OMG.
"I want to commend Sashika for the hard work she does for our city and community. Outstanding Mature Girlz is a part of the fabric of our community. Sashika stepped out on faith with limited resources to make an impact amongst young girls and young women to empower and help them become the best that they can be in life. I couldn’t do what I do if it weren’t for people like Sashika and the young ladies of Outstanding Mature Girlz,” said Broome.
"Being the founder of Outstanding Mature Girlz doesn’t mean I carry everything alone. We are here today through my faith, the unwavering support of my family, mentors breathing life into my vision, countless sacrifices, and the young girls you see with me working daily to ensure they are a positive force bringing to pass their ancestors’ wildest dreams,” said Baunchand.
By Zenobia Reed and Jessica Cain