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Amby Lewis is working to empower the next generation of women through A Girl Like Me Network, a nonprofit she founded during the pandemic.
The organization’s president, Lewis, 32, says she’s always worked to help other parents on a personal level. But the pandemic made her realize “that there were many girls in the area that really needed a safe space and experienced leadership to help them deal with the negative influences they face.”
“By providing speakers, activities and field trips to expand their base of knowledge, we are working to give them the skills they need now and encouraging their future ambitions,” Lewis says of the nonprofit’s work with girls ages 11-19. “Creating A Girl Like Me Network has fostered a more equitable and inclusive community.”
First job? Family Violence Center in 10th grade, a work program through school.
Proudest moment? Besides this award, I would say the day I made the decision to choose me. Then my life started to change and I found my purpose.
Most treasured possession? My babies: Keshyla, Kemya and Keaston.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Stand on God’s promise.
Favorite local order? Pine Garden’s No. 1 all white meat, double crab Rangoon and Dr Pepper. Or birria tacos at Tacos El Champu on Sunshine Street.
The first downtown Springfield branch for Arvest Bank opened; a longtime licensed massage therapist became a first-time business owner; and 7 Brew Coffee opened its fourth shop in Springfield.