By Natalie Prioleau
The initiatives of author and entrepreneur Kimberly Bowman are essential to the academic and social advancement of youth throughout the Lowcountry.
Bowman, 25, is the owner and operator of Exquisite Enterprises Inc., a media conglomerate that includes six individual businesses. She is a native to the Holy City, and she grew up on the Eastside of Charleston. The Burke High alum admits, “I grew up in a negative environment not necessarily my household, but the people who I was surrounded by. They were very negative.”
She shares the details about how she struggled with her confidence in her book entitled, The Awkward, Hilarious, Painful Guide on Transitioning in Your 20s and Surviving. The book offers anecdotal advice for others about how to make the transition from childhood to adulthood; and it can be purchased on Amazon.com.
The book inspired Bowman to put her advice to even more practical use by establishing Exquisite Kids, an after school program and summer camp that is designed to “help students to strengthen their confidence and to take on the world and excel in school.” She decided to expand on this effort by creating a scholarship for minority students in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
Although there are other programs in the Charleston area that address youth-related issues, Exquisite Kids focuses specifically on the development of self esteem, which is an essential component for risk taking, making decisions and overall achievement.
With respect to achievement, Bowman wants to use Exquisite Kids to push youth to their maximum potential and expand their achievements. Based on her own accomplishments, Bowman provides an exceptional example for youth who are aiming to reach their goals. This is why she deserves unanimous support from the Lowcountry.
To learn more about Exquisite Kids, like ‘Exquisite Kids’ on Facebook.