Phoenix, AZ, July 30, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- With a rise in the number of young girls in Arizona who are beginning to partake in at-risk activities at an earlier age, a need for mentors has been recognized. Local mentorship programs are teaming up in hopes to help prevent and overcome this problematic drawback at The Arizona FriendRaiser on Saturday, August 22nd from 9 AM to 2 PM. The event will take place at The Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center on 7th Avenue and Buckeye courtesy of the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation and Marcos De Niza.
Organized by Miss Phoenix 2009, Ursulline Okonkwo, this event will promote organizations that aim to help girls gain the confidence and self-worth necessary to become independent and successful young women in their community.
“It is much like a mini-expo where people who are interested in volunteering can come, listen to music, get free food and gain information about how they can get involved in one of the highlighted organizations,” Okonkwo said.
Thus far, the event has partnered with various organizations including Phoenix Youth at Risk, Girls for a Change, Florence Crittenton, Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts of Arizona, Girls Rule Foundation, A&A Cottages, Inc. and The Crisis Pregnancy Center. Okonkwo said this event hopes to spread awareness of these organizations that transform lives through mentoring, inspiration, and involvement.
According to Okonkwo, “Many young girls encounter issues including domestic violence, body image issues, obesity and teen pregnancy. This makes it especially important to have a mentor in their lives to teach the girls self-value through knowledgeable feedback and leading by example.”
Food and refreshments at the event will be sponsored by My Florist Cafe with a musical performance by Jazz performer, Pete Gitlin.
About Miss Phoenix 2009:
Miss Phoenix 2009, Ursulline Okonkwo, has been a Chandler resident for most of her life. In addition to pursuing a degree in Global Leadership emphasizing in Financial Management at Arizona State University, Okonkwo serves as president of the Arizona State chapter of the American Women’s Business Association and is an assistant coach for Girls on the Run. Okonkwo has also spoken to women’s organizations and high school groups about the benefits of becoming a mentor in hopes of helping young girls across the valley achieve their potential.
The Arizona FriendRaiser is part of Okonkwo’s platform, “The Journey toward Empowering Women,” a quest to make everlasting bonds with girls and women while she holds the crown and beyond.