HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University is hosting 19 young women from Scott County, Tennessee, for two weeks in July as they experience “The CORE: Youth Leadership Symposium.”
A subsidiary of Pearls of Grace, the program is aimed at empowering young women. Each letter of CORE stands for a central tenant of the program, including:
• Cultural understanding
• Overcoming obstacles to success
• Roles and responsibilities
• Education value
During the institute, participants stay in LMU residence halls and attend classes and workshops organized by LMU Women of Service and Pearls of Grace. Guest speakers cover topics such as women’s health, financial literacy, higher education and college admissions, diversity, blogging, resume writing, interviewing and more. Additionally, women from WOS will share personal stories of their own successes and learning experiences.
Half of the selected young women attended the program July 6-10, while the other half is attending July 13-17.
Pearls of Grace was established in 2012 and began operating under the umbrella of SchoolsTogetherAllowingNoDrugs. The organization was founded to address four areas of need in rural Appalachia: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, youth entrepreneurial leadership, economic empowerment and career opportunity. Through training and mentoring, the group aims to promote change in mindsets and give opportunities to women and youth that access open doors to self-sufficiency and success.
Established in 2011, the LMU Women of Service is open to all women who want to help students at Lincoln Memorial University. By living as an example of service, WOS members teach LMU students about the incredibly important mission of service to humanity. With proceeds from activities like the WOS Christmas Festival and the upcoming Service, Sweets & Style for Scholarships fashion show, WOS funds student scholarships, provides family aid and cultural enrichment opportunities to LMU students.