Each month the Junior Auxiliary of Laurel gets together with young teen girls at the 9th Grade Academy in Laurel.
It's part of the Lady Tornadoes Chit-Chat Project where Junior auxiliary members mentor the young ladies on topics such as conflict resolution, etiquette, stress management, forgiveness, use of humor and communication styles. They also distribute hygiene kits to the girls.
Wednesday, the Junior Auxiliary invited the area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Mitchell Williams to speak to the more than 120-girls.
"Our hope is that they focus on all the things that are parallel so to speak, all the things that are around them, encourage them, and embrace them," said Williams. "I read something that was awesome and I think we need to convey that only two-percent of our young girls believe they are beautiful, so that suggests that we have an opportunity to keep that narrative you are the bomb."
The new Chit-Chat Project is the organizations new child welfare project that meets the requirements of the National Junior Auxiliary.