Scores of our foster youth are back in school this fall with new backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and other classroom supplies – thanks to a self-described “motivational modeling group” designed to uplift and strengthen young girls.

Called Divine Divas, the nonprofit was begun in 2013 in Capitol Heights, Md., to be “a place where girls learn not only how to be models” at fashion shows, but also “great role models.”

Founder and president Colleen Thompson-Bynum said Divine Divas, with 35 youngsters, ages 4 to 18, is dedicated to self-improvement and public service. “I read about CASA, and figured we could help,” Colleen said.

So, she called CASA/Prince George’s County, offered to collect school supplies with the aid of a local dance studio, Making Moves Dance Collective, and was told that such efforts would be welcomed.

 “We’re thrilled,” said Kara Bundy, deputy executive director of CASA/Prince George’s County. “Divine Divas stepped up and delivered, and because of it many of our foster youth have the school supplies that they need.”

On its website, Divine Divas calls itself a “motivational modeling group” that “builds attitude and increases self-esteem.”

Kara said Divine Divas, with its donations of school supplies, has “helped increase the self-esteem of our foster youth. We thank Divine Divas and all of its girls.”