by Charmaine Hudson
Progam Event Held in Houston Honored Women in the Community Dedicated to Mentoring Young Girls
The B.E.A.U.T.Y Mentoring Program is a mentorship for girls ages 9-18 to promote mental health and empowerment. There are over 532 girls served and the program inspires awareness through workshops, seminars and one on one sessions that encourage advancement and leadership. It also enhances self-esteem, knowledge, courage, confidence and personal development among the young ladies across the Houston communities. On Sunday, April 23rd the organization hosted their 3rd annual Royal High Tea Event “A Tea Party Fit for a Queen,” at the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston. The fundraising event helped to raise money for the young ladies and the mentoring program.
Founder Sherrell Ogletree created the organization in 2013. She dreamed of a program that allowed young ladies to become their best selves regardless of their past or present struggles. She is passionate about making a positive impact on girls lives. The B.E.A.U.T.Y Mentoring Program strives to nurture the mentees dreams, and believe in their vision as well as motivate them to become vibrant future leaders through biblical principles. The organization also engages the young ladies through social and community activities in and around Houston with events like “Love Your #Selfie” Girls ” conference that teaches the young ladies how to build their self-esteem and not fall to the pressures of social media.
The setting was a beautiful display of spring colors where the tables were adorned with finger foods and lovely desserts fit for a queen making those in attendance feel as if they were royalty.
The event honorees were JJ Simons Author and Founder of the “I’m Me Foundation, Terri Thomas Operations Manager Radio One Houston, CleRenda McGrady Founder of Project P.U.S.H, Nakia Cooper CW39 NewsFixCo Digital Executive Producer and Content manager and Co-Founder the Sister 2 Sistah, Ebone Stowers Co-Founder and Director of Youth Development at Texas Women Empowerment Foundation (TWEF), and Kaymrn Johnson & Saniyah-Symone Scott native Houstonian kidpreneurs and authors of the book “Cooking in Style”. Special guests included Aventer Gray and Mayor Sylvester Turner. The Mayor gave a heartwarming speech inspiring the mentees that “No matter what you’re never too old to be powerful”. Letting them know that “age doesn’t come with wisdom or making a change in the community.”
Sherrell Ogletree along with Houston’s First Daughter Ashley Turner was Co-chairs of the event and Maggie Noell served as the Emcee. Sherrell had inspiring words for the ladies as well, “God put in my heart that He gave me a ministry to go out and help other girls”. Rounding out the evening were some of the mentees Autumn and Avian Williams who spoke first-hand about being in the B.E.A.U.T.Y Mentoring program. Both girls said it “helped to develop their self-confidence” and to “have an adult as a friend other than their mother or aunts who see their potential.”
Guest Alissa RaChelle Jones Founder of Survivors with Voices (Top l); Kamryn Johnson & Saniyah-Symone Scott (Top R)
(First Daughter Ashley Turner with B.E.A.U.T.Y. Founder Sherrell Olgetree and honoree Ebone Stowers (Bottom L)
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with Kamryn Johnson and Niya Saniyah-Symone (Bottom R)
B.E.A.U.T.Y. mentoring is a wonderful organization for any young lady that wants to develop better self-esteem, find her gift and become a beacon light to those around her. The program is also great for women who would love to help to groom these young ladies into the women they can be.
For more information about BEAUTY. Mentoring visit the website www.beautymentoring.org
Photo credit: Charmaine Hudson
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