2017-05-17 / News

Summit aims to build girls’ self-esteem

By Maria D. Grandy
Courier-Times Staff Writer

After noticing a lack of unity and confidence among the female students at Person High School, media specialist and Adorabella Club adviser Cortney Barnes decided to do something. She started planning a conference to help the students build confidence and self-esteem.

The club is for young ladies in ninth through twelfth grade and focuses on leadership, service and sisterhood.

Adorabella Club along with the Person High Interact Club and NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement hosted the Girl Summit 2017 on Saturday, April 29. The theme of the conference was I Am.

The students had the option to attend four sessions that talked about preparing for college, entrepreneurship, self care and healthy relationships. There was also a make-up workshop.

Barnes said the students seemed to enjoy the sessions.

Any Person High School girl could attend.

Barnes talked about her vision with her colleagues and they started planning. Kim Postell was the guest speaker. She is an English teacher in the Raleigh area, as well as a lifestyle blogger known to her followers as The Natural Fashionista.

Barnes has followed Postell and her blog for a few years and loves what she stands for.

“She is a North Carolina educator, fashionista, entrepreneur. She is extremely relatable and open and honest. I felt she would be a great speaker for the girls and more than that an amazing role model for them. So I was truly honored when she agreed to come,” said Barnes.

Postell talked about her personal journey to becoming the woman she is today, telling the young ladies the importance of self love and marketing themselves.

“I was also so blessed by the outpouring of community support and students who participated. Seeing them excited, smiling and participating really just made all the hard work of planning the event worth it.”

Barnes said with the help of her co-workers Sharon Pettiford, Emily Simpson, Octavia Reynolds and Sonam Aidasani made the planning of the event flow easy.

“It was truly a team effort.”

Barnes hopes the girls who attended left different than when they came.

“I hope that students left from the summit feeling empowered and encouraged. I hope that they were given tools and ideas that will help mold them into the women they want to be. I hope it’s an experience they will treasure forever and if they are in the position to give back to younger girls they will.”

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