[Tallahassee, FL] In the heart of Tallahassee rests a dream cottage filled with hope and inspiration for troubled youth. The resident visionary, local businesswoman Mrs. Kimolyn Ferrell, has created a much-needed safe haven for at-risk young girls.
Countless lives are changed as a result of being exposed to the faith-based Dare to Dream Young Girls Network and its after school program.
Mrs. Ferrell knows firsthand how difficult life can be and has made a personal commitment to be a difference maker. Her passion to see transformation take place in the heart of these precious jewels was made evident the day she was willing to sell her home to ensure they had a place to call their very own.
The Dare to Dream Young Girls Network provides a wealth of opportunities for girls who are economically disadvantaged. At the core of this network – specifically designed to impact dreamers – is the mission to educate and empower ladies from the ages of 6 to 16 with vast cultural experiences beyond the public school system.
Every year before Christmas, the Dare to Dream Network hosts a mother and daughter event significantly titled “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The women and young girls are afforded the opportunity to get dolled up and share a memorable moment with each other, an experience guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Mrs. Ferrell is not only impacting young girls – she is leaving an indelible impression upon families and the City of Tallahassee.(L-R) Kimolyn Ferrell & Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll at the Florida Public Safety Institute’s 4th Annual Black History Breakfast (Feb. 22, 2011)
In the Dare to Dream after school program, the young ladies have a set curriculum to follow. The program cultivates leadership potential, fosters healthy habits to heighten self-esteem and provides specialized education that promotes sexual abstinence to prevent pregnancy and and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
Practical tools are given to assist in the development of social and business skills. The young ladies are introduced to culinary arts taught by a local chef and they have a spa room where they can be pampered with facials, manicures and pedicures.
Additionally, they have an arts and crafts room where they can make jewelry and learn the basics of fashion design from conception to completion.
There is a great need for additional volunteers and financial assistance to further this high-impact mission of improving the lives of every young girl who dares to dream her deepest dreams. It takes a village to raise a vision of this magnitude and in order to keep the doors open at the Dream Cottage.
Many hands are needed to build bigger and brighter dreams!
If you would like to be a part of the Dare to Dream Young Girls Network contact Mrs. Kimolyn Ferrell at 850-847-3875 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Kristie Kennedy for Sunshine Slate
Kristie Kennedy is a women’s empowerment speaker, professional makeup artist, jewelry designer, author and recording artist. She is also the current Ms. Tallahassee, FL, for Ms. Corporate America 2012 and 2010-2011 American Image National Pageant Queen. Her website is www.kristiekennedy.com.
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Dare to Dream Young Girls Network