'Heart of the Lady Raiders' event focuses on life after graduation

"Heart of a Lady Raider"
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The second annual "Heart of the Lady Raiders" took place Monday at Nettleton High School.

The event featured a series of workshops focusing on a variety of issues the young women may face after graduation.

Amy Reed, a social worker at Nettleton Junior High and High Schools, said they wanted to do something that would help all their upcoming graduates.

"We wanted to do something just for girls, informative workshops," Reed said. "They're about to graduate and go out on their own. Different choices for them, whether it be college or career. We also have NEA Baptist here who is doing a health screening on the girls for free. With parental permission they get a free BMI, blood pressure, glucose, hearing and vision."

Senior Ravan Gaston said she found the workshops very beneficial.

"This experience is something that I think every senior girl needs. Everyone needs to know what to do and some people might not have that support at home or anything to know what to do. And being around the people that you grew up with is great," Gaston said.

They also had a panel discussion where the students were invited to anonymously write down questions they wanted answered and submit those to the panel.

"Today they taught us a lot of stuff," Gaston said. "How to manage time, how to manage stress and for me they told us simple things you can do like breathe in breathe out and that will help in a tremendous way."

Reed said they want to continue this event and provide it for young girls every year.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android