Mentoring program for young women set to begin in Tipton County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Mentoring program for young women set to begin in Tipton County

In about a month, at risk girls in Tipton County will have someone they can confide in. That's because a couple of women are spear-heading a mentoring program in the area. 

Covington First Assembly of God is not only growing on the outside but also expanding inside.  In a month, its halls will be filled with young women looking for a positive role model.

"I think the need is so great in our community for our kids. They need to know that they can live life at a much higher level," said pastor Ed Hawkins. 

Hawkins' church is hosting the program.  He hopes its classrooms will fill with young women wanting more out of life.

"To see who they are and what they can become and how they can develop," Hawkins said.

Church members began the program after noticing the lack of role models in the community.

"We don't grow up in a vacuum so if you're around negativity then that's what will be bread in you," said Lori Turner with the Family Tree Destiny Center.

"When you get to the fork in the road where you're like I can do A or B, you'll have someone you can talk to that's not a parent, not a disciplinarian, but someone that's really helping you be the best you can be," said Family Tree Destiny center co-founder Tracey Johnson.

Mentors are required to spend one hour a week at the center for one year.

"We have to give back and we would hope that this is a way that professional women can give back to the community," Turner said.

A community filled with young women in need.  

"If we can help 1 girl, then it would be worth it," said Pastor Hawkins.

To become a mentor or to find out more about the program, call the Family Tree Destiny Center at 901-592-9863.

You can also read more about the mentoring program in today's edition of The Leader in Tipton County.


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