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African American news from Pasadena - News - Walk For Confidence campaign - Chelsea J. interviewOn Saturday, September 7th, I attended the P.R.E.T.T.Y Campaign's 'Walk 4 Confidence: 2013 Youth Empowerment Rally', created and hosted by Chelsea J.

Chelsea J is a singer/recording artist, 17 year old high school student, and active anti-bullying and youth and peer empowerment advocate. This inaugural event began at Robinson Park and ended with a rally at Pasadena's Friendship Baptist Church. Regardless of the 99 degree weather, these young people walked with overflowing confidence and excitement. I had the opportunity to interview Chelsea before her event and this is what she had to say:

Q: You are so young and yet so active in different movements and groups, many that you have started might I add, are surely an inspiration for people of all ages. First off, what inspired you to start the P.R.E.T.T.Y. Pioneer Newsletter? [Which appears monthly in the Youth Page of The Journal.]

A: I've always been a pro-active child, in music, acting, and such. Performing has always been a vice of mine. Honestly, through everything that I do, I want to empower and motivate others. I started the campaign as a healing process for myself after experiencing bullying, first hand, and it was a website I made with tools to help youth have a more positive self-image.

Q: What motivated you to create the Walk for Confidence/Campaign?

A: After doing the column, I wanted to do something more where my readers and other youth could see confidence in action and bond together. The premise being: By Building Confidence in Others, You Build Confidence in Yourself.

Q: Why do you find it important to instill confidence in young ladies?

A: It is utterly important to encourage our young ladies because we must feel good about ourselves before we can exude goodness within our friendships and relationships. It is also important for us to have kindness to succeed in anything.

Chelsea on the Walk For Confidence event: "Overall, I think it was a very successful event and it met my expectations, even more than I thought it would. I definitely want to continue this movement and make it an annual thing and expand it even more. We had a good turnout from elementary and middle schoolers, and I want to bridge the gap and invite high school students as well."

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To get involved with this initiative and stay updated with Chelsea, contact her at: Web: www.wix.com/chelseamj/prettycampaign.

'Like' Chelsea J on her FB Page, or follow her on Twitter @chelseachelle.

[Ife is a student at Cal State University Northridge, majoring in Psychology. She is the Youth Editor of the Journal. You may reach her for questions or comments at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at The Journal Offices (626) 798-3972.]



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