Zachary High alumna Tonya Woodridge-Jarvis, now an author, motivational speaker and writer for Baton Rouge Christian Life Magazine, visited the all-girls club Girlz, Inc. at Zachary Career and Technical Center, a satellite campus of Zachary High School, on Jan. 6.
Woodridge-Jarvis, author of “The Refresher’s Course,” uses life lessons to motivate others in overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.
During her visit with members of Girlz, Inc., she inspired and motivated the teens regarding the quality and direction of their lives, according to one of the club’s sponsors, teacher Jennifer Sampson Norwood.
Girlz, Inc. was founded in 2013 exclusively for female students at ZCTC by Bianca Brown, now the Freshmen Academy administrator at ZHS.
The club’s mission is to educate, empower, inspire and motivate girls to achieve their goals and to serve others within the community.
“The club develops girls into poised, intelligent and confident young ladies,” Norwood said.
Members meet about twice a month to plan events and discuss issues related to school or life. Norwood said the girls attend presentations and workshops to improve themselves, participate in activities to learn new things, promote positive change in the community and plan trips and outings to develop bonds and friendships that hopefully will last a lifetime.
Throughout the year, Girlz, Inc. conducts literacy campaigns and drug-free initiatives, welcomes guest speakers and serves at area fundraising events. In December, the club presented Christmas gifts to a family it adopted during the holidays.
In addition to Brown and Norwood, Girlz, Inc. sponsors include school counselor Chandra Martin, school secretary Michelle Young, teachers Nia Ambrose and Adrienne Thompson, cafeteria staff member Kat Hollins and custodial staff member Pat Wright.