12 News Reporter Charly Edsitty to present as part of Boys & Girls Clubs teen SMART Girls program

Charly Edsitty, 12 News Reporter and accomplished Native American journalist, will meet with teen girls at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Lehi Branch on Tuesday, Jan. 16 as part of the Club’s confidence-building SMART Girls program. The Lehi Branch is located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Edsitty, a multi-media journalist, is a graduate of the Gannett Talent Development Program and Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute and is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. She has completed internships with CBS News in New York City, The White House and the Farmington Daily Times.

“Charly is an ideal guest speaker for our SMART Girls teen program, especially with her current role at 12 News specializing in Native American populations, including identity issues, tribal politics and sports mascot controversies,” said Tamara Littlesalt, BGCS Vice president of Native American & Community Services.

SMART Girls is a 10-week health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles enabling adolescent/teen girls to develop their full potential. SMART Girls incorporates learning experiences with mentors, guest speakers, hands-on activities and field trips.

“We are committed to developing our country’s future generations of productive, caring, responsible citizens—what we call 21st Century Leaders” said Littlesalt. “Programs like SMART Girls are centered around community service, advocacy and activism designed to foster young people’s integrity and good character, their ability to make positive life choices, their belief that they can bring about positive change, and compassion and willingness to serve others”

For more information about the SMART Girls presentation on Jan. 16, please contact the BGCS Lehi Branch at 480-850-4453.