EightIMPACT is inviting the community, including local youth and church congregations, to join it for a Dedication and Prayer Walk, from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 23. The walk will take place in Reagan Park, 709 Crockett Road, in Palestine.
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.
“We would love to have the support of our faith community here in Palestine, as we begin our work in the community,” said Almaya Wadley, eightIMPACT co-founder. “For this event, we will give thanks to the Lord for the platform he has given us and the opportunity we have to serve our community.”
The event will include a 1K prayer walk. It will wrap up with praise and worship. “We would like the praise and worship to be led by local youth groups,” Wadley said.
Youth groups interested in performing at the event should contact eightIMPACT. The organization also needs volunteers and participants for the walk.
Founders Rachel Foy and Wadley, 1998 graduates of Palestine High School, began putting on empowerment sessions in the Huntsville Independent School District. Working with at-risk and mentoring teens, eightIMPACT conducts hour-long seminars on, among other things, dressing for success and cell phone etiquette. It plans to serve girls in the Palestine area.
“We work on their inner-selves first, and then try to help them figure out what they are good at,” Wadley said.
The self-confidence and poise young women gain, the co-founders say, will nurture and promote positive self-images that will serve them throughout their lives and careers.
EightIMPACT plans to provide training and mentoring services free, eventually in its own building. Initially, the group plans to work through other agencies that serve young people, such as public schools.
Since announcing plans for Palestine, eightIMPACT has participated in the 80th annual Dogwood Trails Festival Parade, as well as the Diva Dare Outdoor Fitness events.
eightIMPACT plans to put on a summer camp in Palestine and develop an after-school program for the 2018-2019 academic year. It has another 5K fundraiser set for September in Reagan Park.
To get the Palestine chapter off the ground, Foy and Wadley are raising money and recruiting volunteers.
For more information, or to donate, contact Foy and Wadley at www.eightimpact.org, or email them at eightIMPACT@eightimpact.org. To volunteer, call or text Wadley at 817-917-9099. To register for the walk go to eightIMPACT's website.