Miss Black CU Charm school set for Saturday
The 2018 Dr. Valree Wynn Miss Black Cameron University contestants will host the Miss Black CU Charm school from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the McCasland Ballroom at Cameron University.
Jalyn Yarbrough, the pageant's co-director, is looking forward to the event as a chance to provide an uplifting environment for young girls.
"The young girls who attend this event walk away with that feeling that the sky is the limit for anything they want to do and they have these contestants to look up to as proof of that," Yarbrough said.
During the Charm School, each pageant contestant will hold an hour-long empowerment session in which they will talk to the girls about a specific topic. It is up to the contestants to choose a topic. Previous contestants have spoken about bullying, positive body images and health.
"Miss Black CU is expected to be a role model in the community. With events such as Miss Black CU Charm school, it prepares the contestants, whoever should win the title, for the reigning year," Yarbrough said. "I believe that the contestants get a chance to be positive role models to a younger generation as well as that sense of volunteerism."
Yarbrough sees a real need for the Charm School given the perceived lack of positive role models available to the girls who attend.