The CornerStone Initiative believes that at the heart of a community there must be multi-generational support for lifelong learning. What a beautiful example we have of that right here in the heart of Westside! When Shaquila Willie, who works at the Oscar Mason Branch of the Huntsville Public Library, sensed a call to mentor young women, her heart was drawn right to the girls in her own back yard! In 2009, she began a ministry of mentorship and opportunity to young ladies of Sparkman Homes. Since then, the program continues to grow and bless a myriad of young girls for 8 weeks every summer.
The goal of OMYLA is to provide a space for young “tweens” (ages 11-14) to grow and be empowered to bring about change and a positive impact in their own communities. The leaders, Shaquila Willie and Keousha Gurley, create an environment where the girls can gather three days a week throughout the summer to focus on things like: education, community service, health and fitness, leadership skills, fashion and etiquette, and building healthy relationships. Mentorship is encouraged and each day is centered around a time of devotion.
To learn more about OMYLA girls or to volunteer, please contact Shequila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to get involved:
- Pray! Please pray for leaders Shaquila and Keousha as they serve the young ladies of Westside this summer.
- Pray that God would bless them with strength and wisdom, and that they would find support from within the community.
- Pray for the 25 young women that will be attending, that they may grow in God’s wisdom and grace and begin to see themselves as the beautiful creation that He designed each of them to be.
- Provide light, healthy snacks for weekly meetings
- Donate incentives to be awarded at closing ceremony
2016 O.M.Y.L.A. Summer Schedule
Week 1 = Getting acquainted
Week 2 = Building healthy relationships
Week 3 = Resumes, mock interviews, dress for success
Week 4 = Community Service
Week 5 = Health/Beauty
Week 6 = Prepare for closing ceremony
Week 7 = Closing ceremony