On Saturday, September 14th, the Junior League of Tampa presented their September Girl Power event at Joshua House. The theme of the event was The Power of Dreaming. Motivational speaker, Kellie Lightbourne gave a personal and inspirational speech to the girls of Joshua House. Kellie is a former Mrs. USA title holder, regular correspondent for Designing Spaces, and also holds a Juris Doctorate, Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D in Transpersonal Counseling. She is the co-founder of Teen Edge, a non-profit program which teaches leadership and success training to inner-city youth and creator of Girl Camp, a life-coaching program designed to empower young girls and their parents by teaching life strategies and authentic communications techniques. These achievements did not come easily for Kellie and she told the girls how she had to think out of the box and work hard to achieve all of her goals. Kellie taught the girls about going after their dreams and goals and gave them guidance on the steps and resources for how to achieve them.
The Junior League of Tampa volunteers and Kellie worked together to help the young women at Joshua House create their own journal and write down their personal aspirations. The girls documented a personal goal, a roadmap to get there and resources to help them along the way. They then signed the bottom as a personal contract with themselves and the Junior League of Tampa volunteers provided a second signature promising to follow up on the status of these goals. The girls were able to decorate and personalize these journals to make them their own. The event was a smashing success and the Girl Power project is off to a great start. The Junior League of Tampa can’t wait to come back in October for their next event, The Power of Education!