EAST NEW YORK - A teenage girl is receiving high praise for her program that helps girls build up their self-esteem.

Francesca Chaney, 17, began her nonprofit organization, GAIN, at Middle School 218 in East New York. GAIN stands for Girls Advocating and Innovating the Nation.

"We do mentoring programs for young girls where it's an open forum for us to talk about how beauty is portrayed in the media," Chaney says. She says she also focuses on helping younger girls facing self-esteem issues.

Because of her work with GAIN, Chaney was voted as the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Hometown Heroes winner. She received a $5,000 contribution to GAIN.

For extended interview with Chaney, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.