LIFE SKILLS FOR AT-RISK GIRLS
A U.S. Army veteran creates CherAmi Farms in Alabama to teach young women riding and life skills.
A U.S. Army veteran has taken her love of horses, paired it with a passion for helping at-risk girls, and created a program teaching young women riding skills and life skills.
CeeJae Fowler is the founder of CherAmi Farms, a mentoring and horsemanship program in Russell County, Alabama, that is almost seven years old. Her goal is to teach, uplift, and encourage.
“We target under served or at risk young ladies, “Fowler said, “In other words those that would be in a situation day-to-day that would hinder them from thriving.”
The 12-week program is tiered, with girls who have completed one level helping those in the levels below. There are three levels, as well as youth leaders and senior leaders who assist Fowler with instruction. Each level meets once a week and has the opportunity to volunteer during the week.
Fowler hopes the young
woman learn the courage to try something that’s new and challenging.
“It’s our hope that they take that courage they gained from learning to ride horses and learning to trust others, and they take that in the world,” Fowler said.
Fowler’s most recent group of five level one riders graduated Sunday. She said it was a chance for them to showcase their new skills and for many of their parents the first time seeing their daughter horseback riding. She said the next cycle starts in December.
Fowler said it’s taken hard work and plenty of time to get the program to this point but she feels it’s exactly where she is meant to be.
“I know every day when I wake up in the morning and dragging my feet with a cup of coffee to go feed early in the morning, I know this is what God has put me on this planet to do.”
A young rider participates in a horsemanship and mentoring program at CherAmi Farms in Russell County, Alabama.
CeeJae Fowler, a U.S. Army veteran and founder of CherAmi Farms, runs a mentoring and horsemanship program that is almost seven years old.
CeeJae Fowler hopes the young women she works with at CherAmi Farms learn the courage to try something that’s new and challenging.
CeeJae Fowler, center, works with at-risk girls in the community in a 12-week, three-level program that is designed to uplift and encourge them to take on new challenges.