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Girls 2000: Cultivating self-respect in the Bayview

High up on a hill in San Francisco's Hunters Point neighborhood is a tiny two bedroom apartment. From the outside it looks like any other apartment on the block.  But as you approach, the sound of laughing, yelling, stomping, squealing and music can be heard spilling out of the door and window.  

Gathered inside is a group of black girls — old friends, new friends, cousins, sisters, neighbors, and strangers.  Every day after school nearly 30 of them make their way here to be part of a makeshift, girls-only clubhouse called Girls 2000.

Here, the girls can learn to cook for themselves. They help each other with homework. They work on art projects. They talk about boys. And they learn how to grow.

https://vimeo.com/140833690">Girls 2000: A Deeply Rooted Sisterhood from https://vimeo.com/user4050348">KALW News on Vimeo.

This piece first aired on February 11, 2016.