Three young women from Hinkley High School are out to make a difference in their school and community. As the founders of the Sisters Involved in Community club, or SIC, Rhesa Melvin, Samara Payton and Chisom Agbim help empower others to make a positive contribution by donating time and money to charitable groups and causes in their community. Now, they are reaching out to female students in Aurora Public Schools and other school districts to help them form similar clubs.
“I think it’s important to have a club like this to provide young women with positive role models,” said Rhesa Melvin, Hinkley senior and SIC founder. “Female students need to stay on the right path while they’re in school—to graduate and to plan for success in their future. As club members, they have an opportunity to make a positive impact on their school and in their community.”
Every month, SIC chooses a cause or a group to support and raises money through a breakfast burrito and bake sale. Club members donate half the profits to selected causes and use the remainder to fund member participation in events such as La Raza Youth Leadership Conference. Their charitable work has ranged from fundraising for community groups such as Comitis and Hurricane Katrina victims to supporting teen mothers.
SIC will hold an open house for high school students interested in starting a “sister” club on Friday, Sept. 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The open house will be held in the cafeteria at Hinkley High School, 1250 Chambers Road.
SIC members are available for interviews and welcome members of the media to club activities. For more information, please contact APS Communication Services at 303-344-8060, ext. 28015.