Alcorn Golden Girls spread knowledge to female youth

Because of the many issues that surrounds today’s youth, Alcorn State University Golden Girls coach Senobia Rogers feels that reaching out to them, especially teenage girls, is paramount to their development.

“We want to help build their confidence so they can grow into the beautiful, strong women they are meant to be,” said Rogers. “It is very important to reach out to the youth. They are the faces of our future and will soon be college students.”

Rogers, along with the Golden Girls, traveled to Jefferson County High School in Fayette, Miss. Friday, September 19 to conduct a forum called Girl Talk: Transitioning from High School to College. Students from grades 9-12 were allowed to ask the Golden Girls various questions that pertained to switching from high school to college. Other topics such as social media drama, avoiding the wrong types of relationships, handling rumors and being women of class were also discussed.

Self-esteem was a hot topic in the discussion. The subject hit home for Sophomore Olivia Brinson, who is a member of the Golden Girls. Her struggles during her teenage years made her perfect for speaking to girls.

“When I was younger, I suffered from low self-esteem and family issues, which caused me to struggle with school, relationships and friends,” said Brinson, who majors in biology-health science. “However, now that I’m in college, I know exactly who I am. I no longer suffer with the same issues that I suffered from as a young lady.”

Junior golden girl Allison Beverly was grateful for the opportunity to share her experiences with the girls. So much so that she anticipates speaking to more girls in the future.

“It felt phenomenal to have had the opportunity to influence the lives of young girls in some way. I learned a lot about some of the things young females are enduring in high school. I hope that we can visit another school soon because it is a pleasure to get out and motivate the youth to be successful,” said Beverly, who also majors in biology-health science.

Due to the unfair pay between men and women in the work force, Rogers and the Golden Girls gave the girls the encouragement to pursue their dreams in a male dominated world.

“What concerns me most is the girls not having the confidence to feel like they can conquer the world. No young girl should feel inferior to any man or woman. Speaking at these forums gives these girls a sense of comfort and assurance that they can accomplish anything no matter what age, creed or color. I want them to reach for those top careers and goals that they have always dreamt about.”

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