Social media and reality television has overpowered today's society spanning from all ages and demographics. The younger generations specifically, are deeply engaged with keeping up with celebrities and trends it's becoming hard to differentiate between positive and negative role models.
Midday host for Houston's 97.9 The Box, JJ, started ‘I'm Me Foundation' to help give young ladies positive social experiences, character building and help lift their self-esteem through entertainment and education.
JJ is a single mother of a 7-year-old daughter and worries about who her daughter looks up to. She decided to broaden her prior foundation with focusing on the growth of young ladies.
‘We always say it starts at home but our kids spend more time at school then they do at home with the parents. I said I need to make sure these girls are whipped into shape because I want great role models for my daughter. I want these girls to be presentable; who really care and have great morals and values," said JJ.
The foundation is currently on an "I'm Me" Tour, traveling to different HISD middle schools to provide an after-school experience to empower young ladies. They learn tools to challenge themselves in different break-out sessions from a group of women who stand out according to JJ.
Each class consists of a 45-minute session teaching the students variety of skills. Make-up artist, Brandi Holmes, teaches the "I'm Beautiful" class focusing on basic hygiene, skin care and style. Pro-golfer, Maggie Noel, teaches "I'm Living The Good Life", helping them find their passion and setting goals. Monica Lewis, certified etiquette instructor, has an interactive session called "I'm Classy" teaching proper etiquette, how to properly present yourself on social media and more. Personal trainer, Antanique Landry, teaches the girls about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle with her class "I'm Fit and Fabulous".
"The team that I have is outstanding ladies; they show good character and good integrity. These are role models," said JJ.
To continue to change the lives of young ladies, the foundation has been awarded with donations close to $2,000 and is trying to raise $15,000 before the next school year starts. JJ and her team will visit 18 schools next year and to give them the full experience they need the exact amount.
JJ's ultimate goal is to be able to change someone's life. Some of the girls come from families with absentee fathers, mothers who work multiple jobs or are being taken care of by another family member.
"Knowing that you can be an outstanding woman and that you don't have to compromise yourself, your values and your morals to be successful is the biggest thing I want these girls to know," said JJ.
The tour continues March 26th at Codwell Elementary School, April 12th at Pershing Middle School and will wrap up on April 26th at Spring Cypress High School.
For more information about I'm Me Foundation follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Also check out the website: immefoundation.org
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