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 the Rights of Citizens with Disabilties (ARC), Hattiesburg Zoo, and Canvases for a Cure Foundation, just to name a few. Spirit Girls also participate in Spirit of Women events and focus groups.
Girls in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to participate in Spirit Girls. Participants must be a resident of Forrest General's 19-county service area, including these counties: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Wayne or Walthall. The Spirit Girls meet once a month on Sunday afternoons from 3-4 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 giving back to the community. For the 161 young ladies that make up the 2017-2018 Spirit Girls, which represent schools from Forrest General's 19-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, Vice President 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 Tyra Willamor at 601-288-1302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.