Klassy Club group’s contest to throw girls ‘Sweet 16’ bash

Klassy Club, a girls mentoring program, wants to fete teenage girls who volunteer in their community and have stellar academic performance — their award will be a blinged-out Sweet 16 party worth up to $15,000.

Group organizer and executive producer Richelle Williams-Wright said that young women need to be celebrated for the positive work they do, so they started the “Leading the Dream Sweet 16” celebration.

“They really need something that will give them that boost of encouragement, that will let them know people want to celebrate them,” she said.

The party will take place June 8 at the Florida International University Kovens Conference Center, which is a sponsor.

The organization will award 16 girls who are or will be turning 16 during 2013 with a party and prize package that includes pampering, gift cards and an internship.

To enter, students must submit a 500-word essay or a short video explaining why they deserve to have a Sweet 16 party. They must also show their work in the community and above-average grade performance.

Exceptional academic performance and community service is the cornerstone of the Klassy Club program. Klassy Club began in 2008 as a program within the Jesus People Ministries Centre, a community enrichment program started by the late Bishop Isaiah Williams and his wife and current senior pastor Gloria Williams.

Williams-Wright is the daughter of the pastors. She said that Klassy Club is a program for any young lady who needs the guidance and mentoring from dedicated mentors.

The Sweet 16 party was an idea that members of Klassy Club thought of years ago, but the group did not have the funds to host the event. This year, they got sponsorships from Target and McDonald’s, as well as local businesses.

Each girl selected will be given two tickets to attend the Sweet 16 Gala; additional tickets will be available for purchase. Williams-Wright said the winners will be excited to see what they have in store for them.

“I really can’t give it all away, but it’s going to be gorgeous,” she said.

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