Vicksburg minister wants to help girls fulfill their destiny

Published 7:53 pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Life is full of choices and sometimes trying to figure out where one wants to go in life may be challenging.

Tanna Williams recognizes these obstacles and in an effort to reach out to the Vicksburg community; she is starting a girls’ club for young women between the ages of 12 through 16.

“I know there a lot of young ladies who really don’t understand their purpose or plan that is designed for their life, so I want to help them find their destiny,” Williams said.

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Williams, who said she has been a minister for the past 20 years, said the goal of the club is to help encourage teens to go after their dreams.

To help inspire these young women, Williams said her plans are to act as a mentor to the teens.

“I want to be any type of motivation and help, if some don’t have sisters or mothers to motivate them or have mothers that have not been to college. I want to show them even if they don’t have that, there is still a way and not to give up,” she said.

Williams said she also plans to invite others from around the community to lend  a hand by serving as guest speakers during meetings.

“I want to bring ladies in that have doctors’ degrees and who are attorneys and have their own business, so they can tell them (the that they did it,” Williams said, and what it took to get there.

The Girls Club will also offer assistance in preparing for the ACT test Williams said.

“And I want to take them around to different colleges to show them what their end results could be if they continue their purpose to work into their destiny.”

The Girls Club will have their inaugural meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library, 700 Veto St.

During the kickoff, Williams said food will be served and Mary O’Neal from the Department of Human Services will serve as the guest speaker.

“I will also speak to them about the purpose of the Girls Club and get them registered,” Williams said, and then the teens will have the opportunity to interact with each other through icebreaker games.

Subsequent meetings for the Girls Clubs will be held at Warren Central Junior High School, 1630 Rosa A. Temple Drive.

Meetings will be held the second and fourth Monday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“I chose the junior high since a lot of the girls have cheerleading and basketball practice following school and this seemed like it would be a convenient time and location for students who attended both WCJHS and Vicksburg Junior High School.

Membership for the Girls Club is free.

For more information, call 601-415-7913.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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