Allie LaLonde, The Junior League | Jan 17, 2014
Lutz, FL – On December 7, 2013, the Junior League of Tampa’s Girl Power Project presented The Power of Giving Back to young women in foster care residing at Joshua House in Lutz, FL. The event’s purpose was to show the young women how good it feels to give back to their community. The group of people the young women gave back to were soldiers at the VA Hospital. The girls listened to speaker Beverly Thomas, a commander at MacDill Air force Base in Tampa, FL. Beverly taught the girls about the trials and tribulations of soldiers and how they can feel lonely while overseas, particularly when away during the holidays. A civilian employee of MacDill Air force Base and fellow Junior League of Tampa member Michelle Mayo then spoke on how great it feels to help men and women in uniform. Michelle currently helps design tanks for the military. After the girls listened to the speakers they created holiday cards for service men and women wishing them well for the holiday season and thanking them for their service. The girls were then able to decorate a personal holiday ornament for themselves to remember the special event.
About the Girl Power Project
This year the Junior League of Tampa introduced a new project, Girl Power. The mission of the project is to promote literacy, scholarship, nutrition, and positive self-image to young women in foster care currently residing at Joshua House. One Saturday each month Junior League volunteers will present a different themed event to present to the young women of Joshua House. The goal of the project is to improve the life of the young women by showing their lives can improve for the better and that their past does not dictate their destiny, to increase opportunity for academic success for at-risk students, and to decrease the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system by reducing the economic and social cost of juvenile delinquency and helping prepare youth to become productive tax-paying adults.