What is Daddy’s Girl of Louisiana Mentoring Program™?
Daddy’s Girl is a tailor-made mentoring program developed for misguided, troubled and at-risk teen girls of Louisiana. In an effort to combat the increasing numbers of incarcerated fathers in the state of Louisiana, the program’s development centers have been strategically created to make a precise and powerful impact in the community. By restoring and strengthening the father-daughter bond, Daddy’s Girl seeks to directly aid with reducing recidivism, as well as help prepare inmates for reentry into society. At our core, we believe ministering hope to incarcerated fathers and their teen daughters and families can make a tremendous difference.
Daddy’s Girl, which is a research-based program of the nonprofit ministry Nabi’ Healing Center in Kenner, LA, is currently being piloted with the Orleans’ Parish Sheriff Office. While the program was made to measure hurting families in Louisiana, Daddy’s Girl is fully equipped and propelled to expand all efforts to neighboring states.
I. Goals and Initiatives
The main objective of Daddy’s Girl is to provide:
Each of the aforesaid initiatives are designed to dispel familial dysfunction and aid in the complete restoration of the nuclear family unit. Our team at Daddy’s Girl has gauged the changing times and the demographics of male and female incarceration, and we are prepared to engage with the confined and their extended-family caregivers within their homes, which have mostly been designated to grandparents.
II. The Structural Method
The structural method of Daddy’s Girl is centered on intimate mentoring and designed to target the full spectrum of the social equation known for troubled female youth. In appropriating proper forms of intervention to tackle familial dysfunction, our program methods translate into various aspects of support, therapy, decorum training and parental coaching.
III. The Structural Components
Daddy’s Girl is prepared to cooperatively work and partner with leaders of the community in order to bring about holistic and affirming cultural change. Throughout the Greater New Orleans area, Daddy’s Girl has already created several outreach components to trigger a positive impact within vulnerable environments, including low-income neighborhoods, outlying community centers, public schools, religious organizations and prisons. With such entities having direct access to at-risk teen girls, they offer centralized places of contact where the work of restoration can begin.
Daddy’s Girl seeks to challenge and change damaging cultural misconceptions and mindsets that internally and externally affect young girls. Through the guise of intimate advising and personal mentoring, all effective and lasting transformations are carried out one person and one family at a time. The launching of the program’s community outreach will eventually lead to the opening of a community center, which will permanently house Daddy’s Girl and its anticipated expanse. We believe the possibilities for positive impact and cultural change are limitless.
IV. The Birth and Development of Daddy’s Girl Mentoring Program™
The concept and commencement of both Daddy’s Girl mentoring program and Girl Talk of Louisiana rap sessions spawned from the personal life experience and adversities endured by CEO and Founder Miranda Higgins McGhee. Becoming an archetype for the programs, Miranda grew through the adverse challenges of having an incarcerated father and allowed providential guidance to poise and position her for a resilient and successful outcome.
The Personal Story of Founder Miranda Higgins McGhee:
My life changed the minute my father decided to use his letters of correspondence to parent me from behind bars. After many years of feeling estrangement and the hardships of separation, my relationship with my father reached a pivotal moment — a moment where we both desired to have a mutual relationship. His letters sparked the beginning of my personal journaling experience, as well. When I wrote to him, I explored how his incarceration personally affected me and my perception of life. As a result, he began to see beyond his own failures and imprisonment, and he even allowed his true fatherhood abilities to arise and impart a wealth of love, guidance and wisdom to me.
Once, I received a letter from my father that explained his love for me and expounded on how to avoid the relationship pitfalls he had fallen into years before. Little did I know, the wisdom he shared in that particular letter would take root years later, as I married, divorced and remarried. Even further, his prudence would aid and equip me in my challenges to single-handedly rear my teen daughter, who did not have the pleasure of embracing a bond with her biological father.
As my daughter matured, I began to compare her season of dealing with her father’s absence to my season without my father, and I differentiated the fragments that were left within us both in the aftermath. It was emphatically clear that the hurt and devastations my daughter and I had endured were far more damaging that I had initially realized. That moment of realization became a great part of inducing the concept of Daddy’s Girl.
Once the concept started to develop, the opportunities followed. Before I knew it, God had allowed my challenges and afflictions in life to ignite a fire beneath me, evoke a positive change in my community and propel me into my destiny. The first opportunity for Daddy’s Girl labor of love was right inside of my own home and family. Three years of not knowing the whereabouts of my daughter had passed, and it was during that time of disconnection from her that I began to develop Daddy’s Girl in its fullness. I started to see that our hurtful experiences and trials were not only for our healing but also for reaching and restoring others.
During my daughter’s absence, I conducted a series of mentoring and abuse seminars entitled How To Love An Abused Woman, targeting fatherless and abused young girls and women, which has since received an overwhelming amount of positive responses. Upon my daughter’s return home, I was primed to deal with the deeply ingrained issues that sadly made up the foundation of her broken relationship with her father. At that point, I clearly saw that my life’s work was being orchestrated on a much higher level.
God brought me through a birthing process of personal pain to acquire my wounds of abandonment, temptation and abuse and use them for the purpose of administering healing to my daughter and the masses. I believe the challenges my daughter and I faced during those years were for the specific purpose of helping unfortunate young girls in the state of Louisiana today. Together, we aim to help them overcome the adversity, fragmentation, estrangement and vulnerability that is indirectly connected to their father’s absence and incarceration.
As years of growth continued to progress within the program, fate saw it fit for me to be introduced to Marlin N. Gusman of Orleans’ Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) at their “Family Night” event in 2012. Following, I met Leo Hayden, OPSO Director of Volunteers. Leo and I entered into a series of great conversations that eventually led to his request for me to design and structure Daddy’s Girl for the OPSO. Thereafter, my initial meeting with Sheriff Gusman developed into a formal endorsement, which is currently evolving into an appointment to address a crucial need in our community.
Today, my daughter is completely healed, gainfully employed, a junior student at the University of New Orleans and working together with me in the teen mentoring program. Daddy’s Girl is fully equipped and positioned to minister to the masses, and I am steadily pressing forward to build a better Louisiana, one life at a time.
Miranda Higgins McGhee, CLC
Founder & Certified Life Coach
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