Oakland Teen Empowerment Scholarship Pageant Empowers Young Girls to Lead

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The 2nd annual Oakland Teen Empowerment Scholarship Pageant & Brunch is accepting applications from young girls, ages 13-18, to participate in the competition.

The pageant promotes education and empowers young girls to “be the change” they hope to see. The program is not just a beauty pageant but also a “brainy” pageant, inspiring leaders in the participants by coupling them with Godmother and Godfather mentors.

Thepageant will be held Saturday, July 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at Sweets Ballroom/OSA, in Oakland where participants will compete for a 2-year $3,000 stipend to be used at Peralta Colleges, a computer donated by Toshonna Ross, founder of the Courageous Women Association, gifts, and a family vacation.

The 2014 Queen, Jasmine Johnson, is now enrolled at Berkeley City College.

Teens will attend college prep workshops and be engaged in violence prevention, ways to address human trafficking, social life skills, Internet media, yoga/meditating, banking, and more. They will be judged on their volunteer work, essay, talent, verbal communication skills, and character.

There will also be an ‘empowerment panel’ for family services offering insurance, counseling, anger management, therapy, financial assistance, wills/trust, and home buyer assistance to families in need.

Business owners are invited to be Godmother and Godfather sponsors. Mayor Libby Schaaf, Council members Desley Brooks and Lynette McElhaney have previously participated as Godmothers.

The event is produced by an Oakland family – founders Paula and Maurice Welsh, their daughter celebrity chef Nikki Shaw as event chair, Bianca Shaw as youth coordinator, and is sponsored by the family business, Center Stage Salon.

They are still seeking donations for this year’s pageant. For more information, visit www.GoFundMe.com/iaah4o.

Visit www.oaklandteenempowermentpageant.org for applications. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2015.

For more information, contact Paula Welsh at (510) 326-8668.

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