Young Ladies Success Seminar

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 07:35

Brazos Valley InSite Magazine

Published 12/15/2016

Success Summit: Empowering Young Ladies


By Kylie Kinnett

Do you remember the awkwardness and feelings at age 13 or 14? The confusing times of middle and high school, as well as the uncomfortable growing pains, and stress of career or college planning? The local Young Ladies Success Summit, created by Conference Director Essie Childers, helps to challenge those feelings and instead “expose young ladies in middle school and high school to collegiate and career opportunities, to boost their self-esteem, and empower self-responsibility to create success in school and in life.”

Held on February 6 at Blinn College in Bryan, the Young Ladies Success Summit will provide girls an opportunity to gain information and confidence to pursue goals and create ambitions that they might not be exposed to otherwise. The summit is open to girls in grades six through 12, an age which relays a time of change and new discoveries. It is not only important but also essential that a seed of encouragement and drive is planted in their minds at this age, says Childers. “Realizing your self-worth and loving yourself first are the stepping stones in success,” she says.

Preparing for college should start as early as middle school, says Childers. The Young Ladies Success Summit will consist of sessions discussing a variety of topics including: financial literacy, self-esteem, Facebook etiquette, bullying, and other engaging topics. This year’s keynote speaker will be Donna Spann, CEO of Capstone College Advising from Tyler. Additionally, the summit will feature an essay contest in which monetary awards will be presented. Young ladies will have an opportunity to respond to the question, “How do you use social media to show others how special you really are?” Essay rules and guidelines are available online at Door prizes and essay winners will be announced at the end of the conference. The conference will also present a session for parents to learn more about networking and preparing their child for college.

Childers recognized the need for the Young Ladies Success Summit and, with the help of family and friends, hosted the inaugural event in February 2011. Childers, knowing that a lot of her success has been thanks to wonderful female mentors in her own life, believed she had a duty to give back to young girls in her community in a similar way.

“Young women are capable of making strong decisions and have the ability to exercise creative and critical thinking,” says Childers. The opportunities presented at Young Ladies Success Summit empower young girls and demonstrates what can be achieved with a mindset that leads to success. “We all have a hidden treasure,” says Childers. The Young Ladies Success Summit is designed to not create that treasure for these girls, but simply help them find it.


February 6 marks the fourth year of the summit that will be held at Blinn College in Bryan, beginning with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms for both parents and students can be found at and the registration deadline is February 1.


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    •    By CASSIE SMITH
    •    Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:52 a.m.

Essie Childers asked a dozen or so Bryan and College Station leaders Tuesday what they remembered from middle school.
They almost unanimously declared that it was “awkward,” but several shared the positives.

“I had coaches that encouraged me and built me up where I hadn’t had that before,” said Jennifer Rhea, A&M Consolidated Middle School assistant principal.

Alsie Bond, the city of Bryan’s community development manager, said she remembered playing jacks at recess and how important the teachers were in her life and the encouragement they provided.

“I remember each one of my teachers and their names,” Bond said.

Childers, president of Mvita Consultants and a Blinn College instructor, said she wants to encourage positive experiences like those to help middle school girls succeed in life and develop a college-bound mentality.

With that goal in mind, Childers plans to stage a Young Ladies Success Seminar in February for at-risk seventh and eighth-grade girls from Bryan and College Station. She hopes to work with the school districts to have teachers select students who would be good fits for the program.

Childers held the luncheon meeting at College Station City Hall to share information about the program and gather ideas about how it could be successful. Middle schools girls, she said, need support before a series of negative school experiences or peer pressures leads them toward academic failure.

She envisions the conference as a tool to motivate adolescent girls to visualize success beyond middle school. The daylong conference would contain mini-sessions for young women addressing personal responsibility, self-concept, visualizing success, goal setting, time management and career awareness.

“You can help plant the thought, and, you know what, sometimes it only takes a thought: that middle school success matters and college is possible,” she said.

Irma Cauley, Brazos County commissioner for Precinct 4, said she raised three daughters and understands the importance of taking the time to build a young women’s self-esteem when they might not receive that encouragement from their peers or family.

“We’re not going to change the world in a day or week or year, but I think if we could just be that person that watches for that girl making the effort, and sometimes, just putting your hand on her shoulder and letting her know that you’re with her, because she may not get it from her parents,” she said.

Carol Barrett, College Station school board member, said it’s important to find a variety of women in the community who could share various personal experiences.
“I think it’s very important you find people who they can relate to business wise, who can say, ‘You know what, I dealt with what you’re dealing with,’” she said.

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