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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Organization's goal is to inspire girls of the parish

  • “Saving Our Girls and Young Ladies,” a non-profit organization, encourages Morehouse Parish youth leaders to assemble all their young ladies ages seven through 17 and bring them to an event that will positively impact and inspire them.
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  • "Saving Our Girls and Young Ladies," a non-profit organization, encourages Morehouse Parish youth leaders to assemble all their young ladies ages seven through 17 and bring them to an event that will positively impact and inspire them.
    The second annual "Days of Enlightenment" will be held at the Greater First Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
    The mission statement of the organization is, "to inspire our girls and young ladies who have gone through troubles, disappointments, abuse, or who are just shy or withdrawn, to grow in knowledge, confidence and wisdom to know that no matter what environment they're in, it should not define who they are and what they will become."
    Evelyn Thompson, founder and executive director of SOGYL, said the priority of the group is to assist young ladies in Morehouse Parish in becoming the "beautiful roses they were meant to be," despite any circumstance or situation.
    More information on the organization may be found at www.savingourgirls.com.
    Eight motivational speakers will speak on issues such as dressing for a job interview, etiquette, abuse, finances, education and much more, Thompson said.
    Guest speakers are as followed: Deborah Taylor, Curtis Sanders, George Noflin, Betty Alford-Olive, Yolanda Gayden, Kim Watson and Lafreda Riley.
    "Last year was our first year to host this event and it went very well," she said.
    Door prizes will be drawn and every young ladies in attendance will receive a voucher to pay for items such as shoes, purses, perfume, coats or any other clothing or accessories that she desires or needs, Thompson said.
    "There will be a fashion show at the end of the program and any girl in attendance may participate," she said. "There are three categories: casual wear, church and formal wear (prom)."
    Thompson requests that everyone who plans on attending to call in advance because lunch will be served. For more information, directions or to donate to SOGYL call Evelyn Thompson at 283.2055.

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