In the Fall of 2006, The Junior League of Tyler, Inc. (JLT) researched and developed the idea for a yearly signature project that would target sixth-grade girls in Smith County and focus on the prevention of unhealthy lifestyles. Thus, Girl Power Summit was born. Now in its fourth year, the JLT’s Girl Power Summit has grown to more than 400 girls.
This year’s Summit theme is Peace. Love. Power. The girls will come together on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at The University of Texas at Tyler to learn about self-esteem, fitness, leadership, and goal setting. They will take part in breakout sessions and interactive exhibits. KLTV news anchor, Anissa Centers, will be the keynote speaker.
The co-chairs of the 2011 Girl Power Summit are Tonya Turnage and Sandra Rojas. Along with their committee of JLT members, Mrs. Turnage and Ms. Rojas are organizing the event and bringing together local sponsors to create a fun and inspiring day.
“As co-chairs, Tonya and I are excited to help inspire sixth-grade girls to unleash their potential,” Ms. Rojas said. “These girls are at a pivotal point in their lives. Our goal is to help guide and mold them into becoming successful community leaders.”
Mrs. Turnage is a fifth-grade teacher for the Whitehouse Independent School District. She and her husband, Craig, are the parents of Brandon, 8, and Preston, 5. Mrs. Turnage is a graduate of Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She received her master’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. An active member of the JLT, Mrs. Turnage has served on various committees and placements. She also volunteers as a Make-A-Wish Foundation Wish-Granter. The Turnages are members of Marvin United Methodist Church.
Ms. Rojas is an instructional coach for the Tyler Independent School District. She is a graduate of James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, and earned her associate’s degree from Tyler Junior College. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. Ms. Rojas has been an active member of the JLT since 2005 and has served on various committees and placements. She is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and has also served as a Habitat for Humanity All Women Build Volunteer. Ms. Rojas is a member of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler.
“Sandra and I agree that we are blessed to be a part of an organization like the JLT that acknowledges the community’s needs and acts on them. We believe in the JLT’s mission to serve and strengthen our community, and we know that Girl Power Summit is doing just that,” Mrs. Turnage said.