Celebrating Local Black Heroes: Dominique Hunt
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Dominique Hunt, Founder and Executive Director of Confident S.O.L.E. (Strengthening Our Ladies in Excellence), strives to help young girls understand their self-worth. Confident S.O.L.E., a non-profit organization that “empowers middle and high school girls to love, trust, and believe in themselves” was founded by Hunt in 2017.
We asked Hunt how she hopes to impact others. She responded by sharing that her hope is to “impact others by providing a platform where girls have a voice and can flourish.” The lessons taught through Confident S.O.L.E. provide just that. Confident S.O.L.E. courses provide a platform of success and flourishment for each participant. They focus on areas like academic success, leadership, public presentation, and etiquette.
HAPPINESS IS INTERNAL
When asked what she would tell her younger self if given the opportunity, Hunt explains, “Happiness is internal … situations, circumstances, people, locations, or materialistic things will never make you happy. It takes hard work to be self-aware and be genuinely happy- but it’s worth it.”
Hunt’s willingness and desire to mentor and impact young girls in our community started early on in life. While she was growing up, several coaches cared deeply about her future and well-being. The influence of these coaches made a major impact on her life. As a result, she is now paying that influence forward through her own work.
Hunt, who has spent over a decade working with youth, is most inspired by her daughter. She explains, “She helps me to understand that no matter the circumstances, positive vibes are essential. In addition, she inspires me to persevere through uncomfortable and tough times.”
Hunt’s desire to make a positive impact on girls in our community has come to fruition through her life’s work. Our community is a better place for it, which is why we are honored to highlight her as a local Black hero.