Local organization looks to empower young women
By Caitlin Boland

Young women in Thomson and Warrenton have a new opportunity to learn and embrace their value and purpose.
The Royal Majestic Beauties is a mentoring group for girls ages 11-19, and the mission of the organization is to empower young women to know and embrace their value and purpose, according to Latrish Climons, one of the leaders for the Thomson portion of the organization.
The goal is to educate them on their identity as far as who they are, teach the girls about taking steps to know what abstinence is, about domestic violence, making wise decisions, choice-making and how to be a positive role model for society.
The organization is fairly new, jumpstarting in August with the first official sign in. Interested girls and their parents were able to attend a meet and greet on Sept. 19.
“They had a chance to see all of the mentors, and they had an opportunity to ask questions that they may have had about the organization,” said Raquel Jones, one of the leaders of the Warrenton portion of the organization.
The women leading the group -- Latrish Climons and Yolanda Smalley in Thomson and Raquel Jones and Chandra Baker in Warrenton -- wanted to model their organization off of a similar one led by Pastor Winston Grier called the “Chain Gang.” Grier’s organization helps mentor boys in the community, and he thought it would be good for the girls to have a mentoring group as well, Smalley said.
Smalley said the name for the organization came about because the founders believe that the young ladies of this community are beautiful, majestic and royal.
“We want to continue to remind them of that,” Jones said.
Climons said with the death of a young woman in the community almost a year ago at the hands of domestic violence, that was a very strong push to go ahead and create an organization like The Royal Majestic Beauties.
“People have been talking about how we can help our girls, so for us to get into the community and get involved, this is our way of going ahead and taking action and empowering the young ladies,” Climons said.
She added that the organization wants to assist parents in helping their daughters know and own their true identity.
“We want them to know their true identity through the eyes of God,” Climons said. “We are a Christian organization, so that is where the root of us teaching them their identity comes from.”
Climons said for her helping the girls in the Warrenton and Thomson communities is a ministry.
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