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Approximately 150 middle/high school and college-aged young ladies from across the Lowcountry will gather at Lake Marion High School at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, for the 2018 Dare to be D.O.P.E. Lead-HER-Ship Conference.

The one-day conference, designed for young women ages 10-22, will feature motivational speakers and live entertainment. The onference host will be Beasy Baybie and presenters will include Tiffany J & Super Beauty, WLTX news anchor Whitney Sullivan, Miss Black Georgia Ashleigh Montford, philanthropist and "Black Panther" stunt performer Cyrus Birch and Super Dope Paint Party instructor and artist Felicia Sumpter.

Registration is $20 per person, lunch and materials included. Scholarship and vendor opportunities will be available.

The event, the theme of which is Dare to be D.O.P.E. (Different, Original, Power, Extraordinary), is being presented by Girl Flight Incorporated. Girl Flight is a faith-based, nonprofit youth mentoring program for girls between the ages of 5-24.

For the last four years, Girl Flight’s “Soar Saturday” mentoring sessions have provided girls with caring mentors from a diverse variety of professionals committed to teaching them critical life and communication skills. Every fourth Saturday, girls are exposed to a variety of topics via hands-on activities focused on such topics as setting goals, etiquette, effective communication, health and wellness and self-defense in a safe, welcoming environment.

Crystal Jones-Thompson, founder and executive director of Girl Flight Inc., said the mission of the 2018 Lead-HER-Ship Conference is to create a community to support girls and give them a day that will uplift, inspire, motivate and encourage them to be confident and influential and to chase their dreams.

For more conference information, contact Girl Flight Inc. at www.girlflight.org or 803-310-4433.

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