Inspiring confidence, leadership in young women

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Rotary Club of Picayune is working with the Gulf Coast Women’s Club Juniorette Diamonds to provide a leadership class to young women in grades six through 12 to help them find inspiration in themselves.
Under the moniker of “Love Your Selfie,” Rotary Club member Christy Goss said the goal of the event will be to motivate the young women to find self-confidence.
“We want to motivate and inspire the girls to know how wonderful and fabulous they are and that they can accomplish anything,” Goss said.
The event is set for March 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center of South Pearl River County. Goss said she is looking for additional sponsors, and urges all young women in the age range from across the county to attend. There is no cost.
A number of speakers are scheduled; Kristi Mitchell with the Picayune School District, Pearl River County Distinguished Young Woman Kamryn Clymer, Puttin on the Pink representative Loren Fortenberry, Sav-A-Life Director Bonita Wynn and Paul’s Pastry owner Sherri Paul Thigpen.
Mitchell is a co-assistant principal and longtime softball coach at Picayune Memorial High School and will inspire attendees with her story. Clymer will perform her talent portion of the Distinguished Young Woman program, which is a story about how people can be happy no matter their situation in life.
Fortenberry will speak to the young women about breast cancer awareness and how passionate people can start their own cause.
Wynn will speak to attendees about the services offered at Sav-A-Life and opportunities at the center for the girls to mentor other women in the community.
Thigpen will share her story of growing up in Picayune and becoming an internationally known business owner.
Chrissy Miller will be the event’s keynote speaker. Goss said she met Miller at a recent presentation. Miller’s speech inspired Goss to set up the event in Picayune.
According to Miller’s biography, she decided to follow Christ at the age of 13, becoming a youth minister at her church. She was instrumental in establishing Passion4Purity at her high school in Slidell, La., and helped establish an abstinence program with help from the Louisiana governor’s office at the time.
For more information about Love your Selfie, call Goss at 601-273-2322.

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