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Simone Wilson, empowering young girls

Published:Monday | April 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Latoya Grindley, Gleaner Writer

Guiding impressionable minds into a successful career path is what Simone Wilson has been keen on doing since she got the idea 12 years ago.

The thought has not left her since, and early this year, she decided to act on it.

A Jamaican by birth, Wilson emigrated to the United States of America to live in New York after she completed grade six at age 11.

Wilson has very fond memories of growing up in the rural community of Grove Town in Manchester. She grew up in a very close-knit family. "My younger years were blessed. My great-grandmother was my daily motivation," she told Flair in a recent interview.

Recognising the impact her family had on her upbringing and achievements, and the importance of proper guidance for youths, Wilson has decided to host an Empowerment Day.

To be held in Grove Town on August 4, the activities will focus primarily on girls between the ages of 11 and 16 years old. "Each girl gets a form to fill out as that is a part of the requirement. They should list three different occupations they are interested in."

This will be used as a guide to give them the relevant information about the requirements needed for their fields of interest.

All participants will also be a part of a self-awareness session. "Personal development is something I am very passionate about. I strongly believe that this is something that you can incorporate in professional development and growth," she notes.

To make her plans a reality, Wilson has received the assistance from friends and family as well as persons within the community.


She will fully fund the workshop and there are plans to send the children home with school supplies. "I really hope that the students get something out of the sessions. It is my desire that they leave more knowledgeable and are inspired."

Wilson believes that if she changes one life, she will be fulfilling her objective. "I won't save everyone but I know the workshop can have an impact. I have high hopes for it and I think it is best to target the children."

Wilson says the workshop is set on being well received by residents and is poised to be annual. "I hope to do it yearly. I saw that there is a need and I am filling that by way of Empowerment Day. I will start shedding light that there are so many possibilities."

With a master's degree in industrial and organisational psychology, Wilson has always been keen on encouraging persons and she will now be focusing her energy on the youth from her hometown. "Life's experiences have equipped me to encourage."

After completing the workshop, students will be awarded a certificate of participation.