Already a presence in the community, eightIMPACT, a new girls' mentoring organization, participated in the 80th annual Dogwood Trails Festival Parade on Saturday.

A decorated trailer and entourage of walkers carried signs with the organization's uplifting motto: “Encourage, empower, and energize.”

Founder Rachel Foy and Co-Founder Almaya Wadley passed out flyers, encouraging attendance at their next community event.

The group's mission of inspiring young girls is quickly garnering community support. The dream of these two women may come to fruition faster than they thought.

“We've had multiple inquiries about the organization already,” Foy said. “And the article in the Herald-Press is getting a lot of response on social media. We've also had members in the community reach out to see how they can help, or how we can work together.”

eightIMPACT, a non-profit to mentor girls, ages 10-18, aims to empower, encourage, and energize young women by teaching them proper speech, dress, etiquette, and other skills for their professional, social, and community lives.

Still in its foundational stage, the organization is trying to spread the word. They are hosting Diva Dare Outdoor Fitness events on April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 19 in Reagan Park.

“Join us a for a free 45-minute workout with a qualified fitness professional,” Foy said. “This is an event that will be fun for the entire family.”

In June, eightIMPACT will host its first Diva Dare 5K Fun Run in Regan Park.

It has another 5K fundraiser set for October.

To get the Palestine chapter off the ground, Foy and Wadley are raising money and recruiting volunteers. The group also seeks a building to house its organization.

For more information, or to donate, contact Foy and Wadley at www.eightimpact.org, or email them at eightIMPACT@eightimpact.org.

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