Day Camp Hopes to Boost Self-Image for Area Girls

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(DeSoto County, MS) The goal of a day camp for girls who are going through a difficult time is to keep young girls safe and help them build a better self-image.

“I just have a passion to make a difference in their lives,” said Lisa Johnson with the Junior Auxiliary of DeSoto County.

Johnson spent the day Friday, gearing up for Saturday`s “Girl U” at Getwell United Methodist.

The girls who will attend the program were all recommended by school counselors.

It’s not the first year the Junior Auxiliary has spent the day talking to 6th grade girls trying to find their way through the troubles of middle school.

But this year, the organization is tackling a whole different issue they face today, social media.

“Everything truly does follow you around for the rest of your life. It`s a message I have heard over and over again, but maybe it`s a message these girls need to hear one more time,” said Anna Dickerson with the Junior Auxiliary.

The group of 6th graders will also sit down with detectives so they understand the dangers of what they share with strangers and even their classmates.

“Hopefully they have a better understanding on how to deal with cyber bullying and bad comments on social media and how to better handle those situations,” said Johnson.

Johnson is looking forward to the newest direction for the camp.

“I love being able to see the smile on the girls faces when they come up and say ‘I wish every day could be a Girls U day. You have changed my life forever,” exclaimed Johnson.

These ladies hope by changing the lives of 6th graders, those kids will grow up and change lives in the Mid-South.