ST. PETERSBURG — The Black Pearls Youth Council of the St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. held their third annual Young Women’s Conference on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Pinellas Technical College.
The Literacy Initiative was a special project used to motivate youth to write an essay about a single woman who has been most influential in their life. The project, “A Salute to Most Admired Women,” initiated by their Youth Director Sandra Gibson, engaged students to write a one-page paper about any adult female of their choice–mother, grandmother, foster mother, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher, etc.
The project was well-received, having more than 100 essays sent in from high schools in the community. During the ceremony, six category winners received a monetary award, a certificate for themselves and their most admired. Each student writer also received a certificate of participation.
The students’ families and friends were in attendance, and after the ceremony, all were able to partake in the vendors present along with light refreshments.