Launch of new program for girls set for Saturday

The launch for Empowered Daughters of Destiny, a non-denominational faith based organization for girls ages 8 to 21, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Library, 200 E. Eighth Ave.

The organization is the brainchild of Kae Spencer, who is originally from Kingston, Jamaica, but relocated to the Pine Bluff area in 2010 because of her job. Spencer said she quickly fell in love with the area and the people and decided to call Arkansas home. She has two young daughters of her own and has worked with the youth for several years through her church and other organizations. Through her efforts, she said she recognized the need for an organization focused on enriching the lives of young girls.

The organization seeks to benefit girls by educating, empowering and equipping them with the tools needed for a brighter future. EDD will offer workshops on education to encourage the girls to improve their learning in school, understanding of credit and finance; as well as look at college and scholarship opportunities. Workshops focusing on self will include topics on etiquette, health, wellness, beauty and self-esteem. Workshops and events with emphasis on community will include required participation in community service events, the importance of looking for ways to help others in the community and organization activities.

As an incentive to participate in all of the workshops and events, EDD will take all the participants on a mini-vacation at the beginning of each summer. There is no charge to be a part of EDD and all young ladies are encouraged to be a part of this program.

“My prayer has been that God will use this organization to encourage the girls through participation in events and workshops to cultivate friendships and strengthen community ties to ultimately provide the girls with a network of support as they prepare to navigate through the teen years into college,” Spencer said.