Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Power of One Conference sponsored by Girls 2 Women invites all young ladies ages 10-17 to enroll through April 16. The conference, to be held May 5 from 1-5 p.m., will empower young women to become positive pillars in their community.
The event venue is Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist Church, at 7463 Pinewood Drive in East Brainerd. Attendees are encouraged to wear dressy casual attire. Individual attendees can enter for free. Church groups attending are asked to donate $100 to the G2W ministry.
Hawkinsville First Lady Patricia Hampton will take the stage to encourage attendees to reach out and help other ladies.
“We want to communicate with young ladies that they hold a lot of power in themselves,” said Girls 2 Women coordinator Meka Hampton, of East Brainerd. “Each one of the young ladies is connected to several other young ladies. We want them to know that they have the power to encourage, to support and to love one another. There is indeed power in one.”
Young ladies in attendance and their mentors will be able to take part in a light lunch at the conference. Booths at the conclusion of the event will highlight a hairstylist, makeup artist, local clothing store and more. Door prizes to be awarded that day include movie tickets, gift baskets and Bibles.
“The pastor says, ‘Each one reach one,’” said Hampton, adding that she hopes the women who are a part of the young attendees’ lives will attend too. “We want our young ladies to be encouraged by testimony.”
Hampton said she was positively influenced by her mother and an elementary school teacher while she was growing up.
She said her teacher told her, “Anything you set your mind to, you can achieve it.” Meanwhile, her mother told her to “always show kindness to one another” and “when faced with a challenge, pray to God and ask for strength and he will give you the strength you need.”
She said those words of encouragement stuck with her throughout life. Now she wants to pay it forward by helping other young women through positive words at conferences and at monthly Girls 2 Women meetings at Hawkinsville. The next one is April 19 at 7 p.m. at Hawkinsville Baptist. The sessions discuss topics like dressing for success, peer pressure and more.
“I remember growing up in Chattanooga and taking the bus to the Girls Club after school,” Hampton said. “I remember being surrounded by young ladies. Each of us had a bond there. It was a time to share. We organized crafts, games and talked. It was a positive experience.”