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Liz Huntley, world renown speaker and author, speaks to the girls of Central High School Coosa County during the Empowerment Assembly. Photo by Maressa Ware
Liz Huntley, world renown speaker and author, speaks to the girls of Central High School Coosa County during the Empowerment Assembly. Photo submitted
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By all accounts Wednesday was an exciting and eventful day at Central High School Coosa County with guest speakers and a special event kicking off a new program for students.
The Empowerment Assembly was the launch of Limitless Mentoring at Central High School. Limitless Mentoring is the relationship-building program of Empowered to Conquer, a nonprofit organization that began in Coosa County 13 years ago.
Empowered to Conquer has previously offered its Limitless Groups and Limitless Retreat to Coosa County students and was excited to now have all three programs in the area as of Wednesday.
Limitless Mentoring provides bi-weekly in-school mentoring, mentor/mentee pairing and weekend outings for boys and girls in seventh through twelfth grade at Central High School.
On September 14, world renown speaker Liz Huntley, well-known Alabama speaker Stephen Strickland, local Coach Joe Belyeu, and School Resource Officer Cpl. Brad Moon spoke to the boys and girls separately about making good choices. The program helped take the mask off of mental health challenges and encouraged students to lean into their community for support through mentorship.
Following the assembly, the students broke up into groups to discuss what they had learned. Community members, teachers and coaches volunteered to lead those discussions to further foster an environment of support for the students.
Ultimately the assembly and discussions aimed to help students have both emotional and social support, something that will also carry forward with the Limitless Mentoring.
Brittany Hogan, founder and executive director of Empowered to Conquer, was pleased to report that the students were receptive and expressed interest in mentorship.
She said that Empowered to Conquer is grateful for the opportunity to serve in Coosa County in an even deeper way this school year.
Mentors are still needed for this new program. Individuals can express their interest in mentoring at www.empoweredtoconquer.org/volunteer.
To learn more about Empowered to Conquer, visit its social media pages or its website at www.empoweredtoconquer.org.