Generation-Z Girls is a program with the mission to empower young women to be successful in society and in life.

It was founded in the fall of 2016 by Adrienne Tucker, who was inspired to help the next generation of girls navigate the world around them. Tucker built a curriculum tackling issues like self-esteem, dating violence and relationships to name a few.

On Saturday, Generation-Z focused on the topic of sex trafficking and the girls in the program watched a short documentary on the subject.

Tucker says the program is a safe place for young girls who want to connect with others. She says Generation-Z is her passion project and something she would have wanted when she was a teen.

"I really want the girls to recognize who they are, embrace their identity their uniqueness," Tucker said. "The girls come from different families, ethnicities. They are all different shapes and sizes, but I want them to embrace who they are, who God made them to be and become amazing, beautiful and successful women wherever they may go in life."

Tucker says she met a girl who was in 8th grade while on a trip to Miami more than a decade ago. She says she tried to encourage her and engage with her. The day before Tucker left, the girl gave her a three-page letter explaining how important Tucker was to her.

"That kind of started that spark in me to work with teenage girls," she said.

The program meets once a month at Dominion Ministries in South Anchorage, and usually has food for the girls who attend.

There are some dues the girls pay, but it is mostly to help cover the cost for food and periodic retreats. Tucker said she has also applied for a grant for the program. If she gets it, Tucker says she will work to expand the program and they will try to meet twice a month.

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