Southlake girls create charity to help others worldwide

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Two great young girls are already making a difference in others’ lives.

Maria and Julia Myers of Southlake recently watched a documentary titled Walk to Beautiful an American film about women who suffer from childbirth injuries in Ethiopia.

For many, watching any documentary about suffering in a foreign country would cause their hearts to be tugged. But beyond that, it isn’t too often that it causes major action.

Not these girls.

After viewing this film, which tells the story of five women who are shunned by their family and community because of their suffering from a medical condition caused by poverty and inadequate healthcare, these two girls decided to do something about it.

They decided to start their own charity — Pretty Purposeful, a 501c3 non-profit!

What next? These girls created a one-day event for local teen girls to get the word out as to how they can make a difference in the world, both here and abroad.

On Tuesday, at the Timmarron Country Club in Southlake, the young women held a camp called Camp Pretty Purposeful with 100 percent of the profits going to help fund surgeries for girls and women in Africa.

Not only were there a wide array of speakers covering topics such as becoming a future change maker, but also other topics important to teens such as confidence, relationships, beauty, fitness and health.

Let me just tell you about these speakers: the list reads like a New York City conference.

Victoria Chapman, coauthor of The Book of Class; Emily Lites, Founder of Emily’s Smile Boxes and four-time Presidential Service Award winner; Cheryl LaMastra, professional licensed counselor and owner of Operator of Mind Matters Clinic; Kaylie Biggs, stylist; Brittany Tew, Miss South Texas 2013 and author of Triumphing Over Tragedy; Alia Mayar, Sudanese refugee and Speaker with Journey of Sisters; Dr. Lida Aghdam; Jennifer Strickland, former supermodel and author of Girl Perfect; Julie Giesy, cosmetologist; Bailey Jarrell, actress, singer and songwriter; and Stef Mauler, founder of the Mauler Institute, and others.

Now I have saved this part for last because readers I wanted you to get a sense of just how powerful this event truly will be before I tell you this bit of information. These two incredible girls putting all this together are just 14 and 15 years old.

Of course, being the dynamic girls that they are, they have already created a topnotch website with all of the information and ability to sign up for this event. Whether or not you can make the event, be sure to check out their website,

These teens set a pace that I hope others will follow!

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