"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Spirit Girls, a program of Spirit of Women, is designed to reach young women through events targeted at promoting self-esteem, encouraging healthy lifestyles and having lots of fun!
Spirit Girls participate in a wide range of activities, including community service projects for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary and Waiting for a Cure Foundation, just to name a few. Spirit Girls also participate in Spirit of Women events, focus groups and modeling at Turtle Creek Mall in both fashion shows and as mannequin models, a favorite activity of many of the participants.
Girls in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to participate in Spirit Girls. Participants must be a resident of Forrest General's 17-county service area, including these counties: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Wayne or Walthall. The Spirit Girls meet once a month on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4 p.m. in Hattiesburg.
This program offers an opportunity for young ladies to learn about good self-esteem, the importance of taking action for their health and of giving back to the community. For the more than 115 young ladies that make up the 2009-2010 Spirit Girls, which represent 28 schools from Forrest General's 17-county service area, the hours of community service contributed through various events provided a chance to make lasting contributions to their community, as well as lasting friendships.
"As we continue to grow the Spirit of Women program, we feel it is important to reach today's young ladies so that they will mature into healthy young women," said Millie Swan, Director of Marketing and Physician Relations and Spirit of Women Director at Forrest General. "The Spirit Girls program allows young ladies to give back to the community, participate in fun, hip events and at the same time, along with their mothers, focus on education and important issues facing today's teenagers."
During the school year, the Spirit Girls host and assist with events to help them develop a broader perspective and lifelong social skills while contributing to the local community. Organizers of the program say they are always looking for additional events to broaden participants' horizons, and invite organizations to submit requests for assistance from Spirit Girls at their upcoming events. Organizations can request the assistance of the Spirit Girls by filling out a Spirit Girl Assistance Request form at least 30 days in advance. All details of the event must be written on the form and will be discussed before the event is approved. To obtain an event assistance request form and/or for more information on the Spirit Girls or Spirit of Women call Forrest General Marketing and Communications at 601-288-1300.
Auditions are held annually in May for the next year's group of Spirit Girls. For more information on how your daughter, granddaughter, niece or other special girl can be a part of this exciting program, call 601-288-4968 or send an e-mail.
2012-2013 Spirit Girl Members
Spirit girls sign up for volunteer opportunities at their first meeting
"The Spirit Girl Program has given me many opportunities to help my community and to meet some new friends from around the state. Spirit Girls has shaped me into the person I am today!"
"To be a great leader you must first love to serve others. The Spirit Girl program has offered me so many unique opportunities to serve my community. I am blessed to be a part of such a rewarding program and to gain the many friendships I've developed along the way!"
- Tiffany Smith