MARION, S.C. – More than a dozen girls attended the Flourish Mentoring Program’s fifth annual power session at the Marion Opera House Friday. The mentoring group organized by Laura Campbell and Adaya Sturkey continues to make an impact on local youth ahead and throughout the school year.

The program serves students in sixth grade through their senior year in high school. The free event included food, school supplies, power sessions and mini workshops.

Vice-president of operations Faith Oglesby said session helps prepare for the real world.

“I joined as a senior in high school and I just hope to continue the legacy and be able to pass it down to someone else,” she said. “This year we’re working on raising money.”

Oglesby said Flourish is planning on going on another college tour in 2020.

Mentor Briana Lewis is in her second year with Flourish.

“I want to see the females in Marion County progress, go to college and experience things others don’t on a daily basis,” Lewis said.

Oglesby said Flourish is a big influence.

“A lot of our girls were part of Flourish when it first started,” Oglesby said. “They’re skilled and we getting them ready to go off to college.”

Anyone interested can visit www.flourishmp.org for more information or Facebook.

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Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.