My name is Cassidy Lacey, and I am honored to be applying to be part of the Gals Lead Teen Mentorship Program. Through this program, I will be embracing my platform which is to work with teen girls on building their self-esteem. As a teen girl, I was not strong and confident like I am now. I was picked on for things such as not having the prettiest hair, having to wear glasses and braces, and having bad acne.

I know what this can do to a young girls confidence, so my goal is to work with young ladies on finding their confidence and never giving up on their dreams. Bullying is a major problem in society today. I want to use my experience to connect with teens on a personal level and show them that they have a purpose and are not defined by their looks or experiences.

I want to help show them how I personally overcame these challenges to become a top model and help show them that they too can achieve their goals. Throughout the challenges I faced with bullying, I still always had a goal of becoming a model. I believed in myself to achieve this goal, and with that belief and confidence, I have gotten to where I am at today. I have networked and reached out to designers which have led me to be able to model for LA and New York fashion week.

I have used these opportunities to expand my goal to become an international model and was able to network and work with two international designers. I am continuing to build upon these relationships to ultimately fulfill my dreams. With my continued confidence, belief in myself, and drive, I can push through anything and achieve my goals and I want to help others see that they can do the same.

Cassidy Lacey is sponsored by The Southern Maryland Chronicle, Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, Big Ed Pro Tires, Styled by Dawn, Glow Lash and Beauty, and SMAC Fitness.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...