Meet Evelyn Mickles, a WHO?Woman who is out to make a difference in the lives of young girls. Evelyn created and presents a program to empower young girls called “Power Up”. Power Up is dedicated to young girls who want to live a life of hope and possibility.
Power Up is an open forum for young girls to discuss issues ranging from gossip, honesty, sex, abortion, and homosexuality in the context of faith. The young girls are encouraged to seek the God in resolving these issues for themselves and to live a fulfilled life. The first session of Power Up was held on June 4, 2011 in Little Rock, Arkansas. 14 girls from the ages of 12 – 18, had their voices heard and their lives impacted.
The event started with an icebreaker and then an inquiry into the topics that mattered to them (gossip, honesty, sex, abortion, and homosexuality). They discussed what they knew, what the word of God says, and the consequences of different choices. On the topic of sex, the girls had lots of questions. They seem surprised to hear that everyone (Christians and non-Christians) are not having sex. We found that listening to them was just as important as teaching them.
The program was a big success and was sponsored in part by WHO?Bags International. All of the girls received a WHO?Bag with inspirational messages embroider inside that said, “You are amazing, beautiful and God loves you.” They loved the bags. The looks on their faces was priceless. They were told to keep these precious gifts as a token of God’s love for them. The girls had a lot of fun and we watched how the Lord changed lives that day.
Where do you think young girls in your life get reliable information about these topics?