Camp inspires girls to get an education

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For Carol Sabatino, education is one of the most important ways a woman can empower herself.

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Joya Moore gives a lecture Saturday on "Being Your Best" during Sisters Only Camp Be Your Best. The camp for girls consisted of hourlong sessions on hygiene, money management, education and relationships.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Joya Moore gives a lecture Saturday on "Being Your Best" during Sisters Only Camp Be Your Best. The camp for girls consisted of hourlong sessions on hygiene, money management, education and relationships.

Though she started college right after high school, Sabatino dropped out and joined the military, then started a family. After she and her husband divorced, she returned to college to find a way to support her family.

She shared her experiences Sat­urday with more than 30 girls at the Sisters Only Camp Be Your Best and explained why education is so important.
“Keep education yoked because it’s very important to open up doors for opportunities,” she said. “You get distracted by life’s journey.”

Sabatino, an academic adviser for Brenau University, said she loves that people in the community are giving back by empowering the girls and acting as mentors.

“If I had this in place when I was in school in the ’80s, I probably would have made some different decisions,” she said.

The camp consisted of hourlong sessions on personal hygiene, money management, education and relationships for girls 13 and older.

The girls come from all over the city, recommended by the De­part­ment of Family and Children Services and the Boys and Girls Clubs. It was held at the Boys and Girls Clubs’ Dogwood Terrace facility.

“We teach them about life skills in addition to giving them entertainment,” said Karen Lewis, a Sisters Only club member.

Deadrea Asbury, 13, has attended the camp for three years. She likes hearing the speakers and meeting new people.

“I’ve learned that I can always do what I want to do and be what I want to be, and that if I just try I will succeed,” she said.

For Charvickia Williams, 13, the camp was an option presented by the court in conjunction with her probation. A fight at school last year led to a charge of simple battery.

“They told me to go to this camp so I don’t get into any more trouble at school,” she said.

She said she was enjoying the camp and that she learned how to improve her attitude, carry herself and be positive.

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deestafford 07/28/13 - 03:13 pm
This could be the most positive thing that can turn around the

black community and culture of babies having babies and out of wedlock births.Couple that with stayining in school and we will see some postive changes in the black community.

Teach these young girls to do the following in order and they will have a successful life: Finish high school (at least). Get a job. Get married. Have children. If they do those things in order they will be as successful as the whites.

Also, teach them to not let anyone tell them they are victims of the "system'' and they must take charge and responsibility for their lives because no one cares about them more than they do.

Finally, don't listen to the "sweet talk" of the males. They want only one thing and afterwards could care less about you. Look around in your neighborhood at the girls who dropped out of school, listen to the "sweet talk", had babies out of wedlock, and depending on the government for support. Is that the type of life you want? Compare that to the girls who finished their education, got a job, and took personal responsibility for their lives. Which is the better life?

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