The fourth annual Girls Empowering Girls Symposium will be held on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Liberty in Elkin.
According to founder Misty Matthews, the event was created in an effort to guide girls ages 8 to 18 to confidence in spite of the difficulties of life. Literature promoting the event states it is, “a symposium on the ways in which girls are empowered to reach their dreams, despite the obstacles that inevitably get in their way.”
During the evening, the approximately 50 girls will partake in a meal sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Mount Airy and crafts sponsored by Surry-Yadkin Electric as well as get to hear from featured speaker Kristan Seaford thanks to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
Seaford survived septic shock which lead her to spend 100 days in a medically-induced coma and caused her to become a triple amputee. In spite of these difficulties, she successfully parents five children with the aid of her husband and teaches group exercise classes as well as her other activities which includes motivational speaking.
Because of the sponsorships, the cost for participants will be non-perishable food items for the community pantries. They will receive a journal as well as a necklace to commemorate the evening and continue encouraging the attendees.
“I want the girls to share their community project ideas and our volunteers will help work with the girls until their project is complete,” explained Matthews. “This will teach them at a young age that their ideas matter, that they do make a difference, that the community is behind them and that it can be done.”
Those interested in supporting or attending the event next year can go to facebook.com/girlsempoweringgirls or call Matthews at 336-749-4791.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.