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Mothers & Daughters participating in the "Girls in the Know" speaker series. (Credit: KMOV) Mothers & Daughters participating in the "Girls in the Know" speaker series. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The bond between a mother and daughter is important, no matter the time, place or culture. 

However, the teenage years can be a challenging time for that relationship, especially with other stressors in the mix. 

A local non-profit, “Girls in the Know,” is hosting a 4 week speaker series covering topics such as safety, puberty, empowerment and body image. 

“The goal of our program is all about helping prepare girls to navigate the teen years with confidence and also provide them with a strong solid foundation,” Gina Marten, the Executive Director of the program, said.

This particular series is special for a particular reason, though.  The whole thing is in Spanish.

Eileen Wolfington, the Health and Wellness Program Coordinator at Kingdom House, helped organize the program.  Kingdom House is an organization that helps the economically disadvantaged in the community.

“When I learned they had an interest in reaching out to the Hispanic-Latino community, I jumped on it right away,” Wolfington said.

She said many families in the Hispanic community are struggling. Navigating through poverty with a language barrier can be difficult on top of the typical stressors of the teen years. 

 “I think it's wonderful. I think it’s a good program because it teaches you stuff you don't know already,” Mariana Gonzalez, who is in the program with her mother, said.

Mariana and her mom are learning new information while planting the seeds of conversation. 

“Girls in the Know” expects demand for this type of program in the Hispanic community to continue to grow. 

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