KFACT celebrates historic year

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Rockford, Ill (WIFR) -- Keeping Families and Communities Together is a youth development program for young women in Rockford, and it's making history with its first round of college graduates from the program.

The five ladies received honors at the organization’s annual fundraiser at Burpee Museum, where KFACT also celebrated 5 years as a non-profit. The organization provides school-based prevention programs, intervention services as well as college and career mentorship. Over 390 girls and families have been helped by the non-profit, with a 100% high school graduation rate for woman who go through the various programs.

"We currently have 250 girls in our program and we start as young as 6th grade, so we have a lot of girls coming up,” said Shamika Williams, founder and executive director of KFACT. “Absolutely, I believe we are breaking the cycle of poverty girl by girl, family by family.”