MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The homecoming court at Wossman High School is using its platform to empower other young women.
They kicked off homecoming week by hosting the More Than Pretty Campaign, designed to encourage women into STEM, government, and corporate leadership jobs.
Founder Kandice Guice said she wants these young women to get an early jump on their futures and take advantage of the opportunities they already have in high school.
She said she wants to encourage those girls to go into science and technology classes, as well as looking into leadership roles like government. Guice said she wants girls to know that it's possible, the opportunities are available, and women are needed in those positions.
"I love that their homecoming court is tasked with doing community service throughout the year,” Guice said. “This is about really encouraging women to think beyond what it means to be pretty, what it means to be leaders, and how they can make an impact on their own hometown."
Monroe City Schools started offering the STEM program last year. When students graduate, they'll be certified to go directly into the workplace.
Monroe City Schools said enrollment in the program more than doubled for its second year, but Guice says young women need to be encouraged to take these classes and take advantage of the opportunity.
"Because when we have diversity in these fields, it allows for us to expand our region, it allows us to increase our role as it relates to leadership, and then to ultimately give back and inspire other young women to go to the next level," she explained.
Guice says she's looking to partner with women in these leadership roles in order to spread her message. You can reach out to her through Facebook for more information.