Success Story Continued
The Power of Me program took place for the 3rd year at the King Center for a four week after school program in February through March of 2014. The finale is that all program participants get to model and keep 4 outfits for a community-wide Fashion Show. We had 27 girls complete the program this year. The day of the Fashion Show is a 7 hour day for the girls and the volunteers. 27 girls participated in the Fashion Show on Saturday, March 22 after attending 4 after school sessions during the past month on improving their self-esteem and body image. The generosity of our community was amazing this year as we had so many beautiful outfits and accessories donated! Goodwill gave vouchers for free clothing to the girls as well. Each girl was able to model and keep 4 outfits the day of the Fashion Show. We had a record number of volunteers from our Teen Advisory Council, health department staff, Michigan State nursing students, the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, teachers, counselors, hair stylists, Sisters of Strength from Jackson College, Team Most High from Spring Arbor University, Brandon Marceal (flutist), and more. We had nearly 50 volunteers help make this day a success! Each of the 27 girls had their own personal mentor for the day to help them with all aspects of preparing for the show. And we had a guest speaker, Ashlee Sheperd, who shared her personal journey of dealing with the multiple consequences of dealing with a low self-esteem, including overcoming an eating disorder. We had standing room only once again in the audience and these girls received tremendous support from their families.