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Girl, 10, hosts confidence conference for black youngsters

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Olivia Allen addresses her peers

AN CARING 10-year-old has decided to help her peers with their self-esteem and confidence as part of a mission to inspire future generations of women.

Olivia Allen, who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted a free conference for her peers last month titled, I Can Be: Girls Confidence Conference.

“It’s important to give back,” the aspiring philanthropist told The Huffington Post.

“There are a lot of people in our community and if I help someone, they’ll help someone else… and it will be a cycle.”

About 50 girls aged between eight and 12 years old, and their parents, attended the conference as Allen led her peers in a morning filled with workshops that touched on the physical, social and psychological challenges young girls face, mainly by tackling wavering self-esteem.

Olivia said, the conference was necessary because she noticed a decline in morale among young girls in her community.

“I realise some girls’ confidence goes down when they start puberty,” Olivia said, admitting that she even noticed a difference in her own at times. Because of this, she said, she wanted to do something to uplift others, The Huffington Post reported.


FLYER: The youngster spend the whole summer preparing for the conference

Olivia spent this summer planning the conference mainly on her own and had financial assistance from her mother, Anitra Allen.

She contacted speakers to help lead three separate workshops that focused on envisioning success, turning a passion into a business and personal health care.

The conference also featured two keynote speakers who addressed confidence and pursuing your dreams.

It was opened by Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, who commended the 10-year-old for her work in the community.

According to her mum, Olivia has always had a caring spirit. She said, her daughter once told her after seeing a panhandler one day after school.

“Mummy, every time I see a homeless person, I just want to raise money to buy them a house.”

She suggested her daughter do something more feasible to help out her community and Allen took her advice, she said, by holding a toy drive in March where she collected more than 100 toys for Kosair Charities.

One month following the toy drive, Olivia organised a food drive where she fed underprivileged children in her community.

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