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Midtown mentoring organization changing the lives of young girls

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One Jackson mentoring organization is building bonds in the Midtown community in Jackson, preparing young girls to be the next  generation of leaders.

The Ladybug Club looked within its neighborhood to improve the lives of those living there.

We were first introduced to the Ladybug Club last week when they took to social media to collect and donate free prom dresses to metro area teens.

It's just one of the ways the women of Jackson and their daughters are contributing to the community.    

"I really wanted them to just kinda get out of their shell," said  Ladybug Club Founder Tonja Murphy.

The mother of three is using the village, Midtown Jackson, to raise children.

It's where she lives and works and mentors more than 45 young girls who mostly live in the area.

She started the club 11 years ago with five mothers and five girls.  

"They need a village of women, not just one woman to help them realize their potential, to be the best young ladies and grow into the best women that they can be, and it has to start there," added the 42 year old Life Coach and Jackson native.

Murphy and 17 year old Kristin West in the mornings at five a.m. The Murrah High School junior wants to be an anesthesiologist.

"It helps me get up in the morning, get ready for my day," said West. "Then to talk to Miss Tonja also helps one get my mind right for school, my activities for the day and stuff like that".

For the past three years the club has held a Father/Daughter Dance, partnering girls with Dads who fill in for those without fathers at home.    

"I didn't talk or express my feelings as much as I do now," said Jim Hill High junior Kenedy Guidry.

The sixteen year old is an eight year club member and loves their visits to other states.

"The trips not only are they like fun, they're also educational so we can gain knowledge while we're on those trips and also we grow a bond with the girls we're surrounded with, so I love the trips," added Guidry.

According to Murphy, since its inception all the girls who have gone through the Ladybug Club have either graduated and gone on to college or the military.

Their next project is National Lemonade Day.

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