young women learn the skills needed to become successful community
leaders is the focus of a new book written by a University of Southern
Mississippi gifted studies professor and one of her former students.
Karnes, director of the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, and Dr.
Kristen Stephens, coordinator of educational outreach with Duke
University's Talent Identification Program, are the authors of "Empowered
Girls: A Girl's Guide to Positive Activism, Volunteering and Philanthropy,"
recently published by Prufrock Press.
book is intended to be both a handbook for involvement and empowerment
and an inspirational guide for young women wanting to make a difference,"
Stephens offer solid reasons for young women to be actively involved
in their community as well as strategies and methods for getting
involved. In addition, the book offers advice on how to be a positive
activist, includes profiles of girls who are involved in leading
their community and contains resources ranging from funding sources
to organizations that are seeking volunteers.
young women, some from Mississippi, and their accomplishments are
featured in the book, including Victoria Copland of Clinton, who
collected and sent pens and school supplies to Bosnia; Shireen Dogar
of Madison, who volunteered to create a school flowerbed; Amy Dykman
of Brandon, who collected teddy bears for those impacted by the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; Nicole Fortenberry of Hattiesburg,
who also collected teddy bears for the Forrest County Sheriff's
Department; Amanda Napier of Petal, who volunteered at an animal
shelter; and Megan Tidwell of Pontotoc, who participated in a volunteer
project emphasizing the importance of breast cancer awareness.
work to help young women become effective leaders in our community
is invaluable, and this new book is a testament to her desire to
bring out the best in all young people to make our world a better
place," said Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames.
For more information,
contact the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at (601) 266-5246.