Horizons4Girls ignites spark

To the Editor:

If you think back to when you were a kid, there’s almost always one time you can think of where someone ignited a spark in you.

For me, it was when an older friend of mine invited me to sing with her in front of our church.

This gave me an opportunity for an experience that changed my life.

Through volunteering, any one is able to create that spark in others.

A great volunteering opportunity in the Sheboygan Area, is through Horizons 4 Girls.

Horizons is a mentoring program for pre-teen and teenage girls that focuses on helping the “whole” person.

They accomplish this through mentoring, life skills, developmental assets, creativity, cooking skills, community involvement, and positive behavioral transformation.

The program recently hosted a speaker seminar titled “Ignite the Spark,” to share the impact of volunteering and what the program does.

The event consisted of four speakers, including Char Pachniak, founder of Horizons 4 Girls; Dayjah, a student who has been directly impacted by the program; Dr. Debbie Lassiter, CEO of Convergence Resource Center; and John Knowles, a Horizons4Girls board advisor and CEO of Plymouth Industries.

Throughout the four speeches, there was one theme that ran through them, which is volunteering creates a small spark that can grow into a fire.

Once a spark is lit, it has to be cared for, and if it is, it starts to spread.

By volunteering for this program, the girls are being given an opportunity to build that spark and ignite the fire within them.

They are learning that they can do anything they put their mind to, and that they in turn can make a difference in the community and the people around them.

Currently the program has a large need for volunteers, which could be anything from mentoring, job shadowing, speaking, fundraising, driving for the students or simply donating finan- cially.

With so many different ways to change these girls’ lives, it’s hard to find a reason not to get involved.

As I think about what volunteers mean to these girls, I am reminded of Jimmy Stewart’s realization in “It’s a Wonderful Life” of how one person’s life touches so many others.

With January being National Volunteer Month, please take the opportunity to make that big difference in someone else’s life.

If you would like to become involved with the program in any way, please feel free to contact the program through the website at www.horizons4girls.com

Laura Haass


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