In an effort to promote awesomeness in and beyond Knoxville, Dale's Fried Pies wants to support the creative projects of awesome girls. That’s why three times a year, we’ll donate one day of profits from Dale’s Fried Pies mobile pie stand to an awesome girl applicant to help her follow through with a creative project. I'm so happy to introduce you to Jashara Mitchell, our second inductee into Dale's Fried Pies' Awesome Girl Squad, and my new favorite musician. Read on for Jashara's description of herself and her project. We'll keep you posted on her progress after she receives her grant this month.
"Growing up in the inner-city surrounded by poverty and negative influences will often times lead young women and men to make bad decisions that can affect their lives forever. I have made choices that have led me to travel down a road similar to most of my schoolmates, family members and friends. This was the road most traveled, were I was raised, a road that leads to teenage pregnancy, high school dropout, and total dependency on government assistance. However, this is not the road I will continue to move along, and I would like to encourage others like me to take the road less travel or teach them how to switch lanes and discover the importance of education and sexual health.
I am currently getting my GED through a job training program called SEEED, along with other young women. However, I am often disturbed by the mental and physical health conditions of my classmates. [I've begun]... to think about the high school girls in the inner-city who don’t have access to the resources offered in Knoxville surrounding physical and mental health. Because of the climbing teenage pregnancy and STD cases reported in inner-city Knoxville I would like to hold a Health Fair for the young women in my community. The Pathways Health Fair will be free and open to all women in the inner-city. This health fair will promote a healthy lifestyle and the importance of smart decision making so that they are better equipped to choose a pathway that leads to success. Available services will include; Free pregnancy testing, STD testing, women counseling, sexual health classes and parenting classes."
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