rubie_mizell_copy.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — A program titled “Building Self-Esteem in Young Women” is scheduled for Aug. 13 at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center.

It is being sponsored by Love 13 Inc., a non profit organization whose founder, Rubie Mizell,  says it is designed to gather teenage girls in a discussion format and start a dialogue about issues that have been troubling their lives.

The girls will be taught how to deal with peer pressure and insecurities through activities and games. They will also be taught how to “embrace their righteous minds and go after the things that have already been freely given to them,” Mizell said.

Mizell hails from the well-known Mizell family in Fort Lauderdale who, for more than 100 years, have built a legacy of service that has benefited Broward County and its African-American community.

Mizell said she is hosting the event because, “We want the young women to feel comfortable and learn how to embrace their true identities, discover who they really are and God’s purpose for their life.”

“I want to inspire, motivate and counsel teen girls to mentor and guide them in the direction of blessings and prosperity. I want to be able to help them with peer pressure, insecurities, abuse, just issues a lot of young women face today,” she said.

The girls will also be taught etiquette and will be put through exercise routines led by fitness instructor Nicky Rae so they can live a healthy lifestyle. They will hear spoken word poetry by Fort Lauderdale native Brian “Poem” Collier.

A representative from TD Bank will offer to help the ladies open a bank account and automatically receive a $25 deposit in their account, a statement on the event said..

“Building Self-Esteem in Young Women will take place from 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at the African American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd.

If you know of any young women aged 13 to 18 who would like to attend or if you would like to donate to or help sponsor the event, e-mail Mizell at