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Published on June 14th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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“Beautiful is YOU” Girl Empowerment Day

Recently the SAFE Organization hosted a “Beautiful is you” Girl Empowerment Day at Branchville High School, Branchville SC. The event was for girls 11-16 years old. The purpose of the event was to empower, educate and inspire the young ladies to lead productive lives and to be positive roles models in the community.

The Girl Empowerment Day consisted of informational sessions such as etiquette, self-esteem and inner and outer beauty. The facilitators of these session were Mrs. Erica Evans of 360 Degrees of Victory, Mrs. Karen Clinton of The Way 2 Go Travel, and Mrs. LaSonya Colter of Bella Shavon Bridal Boutique

The event also consisted of a painting class conducted by Mrs. Betty Bozard a local artist, Zumba by fitness instruc-tors Elaine and Veronica Small and an “Inspire Me Award” ceremony. The “Inspire Me Award” is an award given to women who are an inspiration and role model in the lives of young ladies. This year’s recipients were Jennifer Thompson, Miriam Spires, Mary Ann Butler, Gladys Summer, Letitia Moorer, Mary Ann Britt, Randall Gadson and Brynn Smith. All the recipients received flowers and a certificate.

“I’ve always wanted to give back to my community. We have been planning for a while to do the Girl Empower-ment Day and to see it come to past warms my heart. The girls were coming to be inspired but they inspired me.”, said Shanika Maple founder of the SAFE Organization.

There were more than thirty girls in attendance with a host of volunteers. Everyone was inspired and left looking forward to future events by SAFE. One of the participants, Rebecca Spires said she really enjoyed painting and is looking forward to coming back next year.

Some of the sponsors of the event were Branchville High School, Mays Chapel UMC of Branchville, SC, Zion AME Church of Branchville, SC, New Covenant UMC of Bowman, SC, St. Mark Baptist Church of St. George, SC, the Lovely Hill Women Aux Convention of St. George, SC, Food Lion Warehouse of Elloree, SC, Creative Expressions & Gifts of Orangeburg, SC, and By Faith Empowerment Group, LLC, of Orangeburg, SC.

The SAFE Organization is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides mentorship and educational services to young people in the Orangeburg and surrounding counties. SAFE promotes self-esteem, advocacy, faith and education in the lives of today’s youth. SAFE celebrated their first year anniversary March 23, 2015.

If you would like to know more about the SAFE Organization or to be a part of their efforts call Shanika Maple at 803-308-0069.

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