What’s Working: Distinguished Young Women Program, a part of Mobile History

Mobile County

In tonight’s What’s Working, for the past two weeks, fifty young ladies have been in Mobile, taking part in the Distinguished Young Women Program. The city of Mobile has been a wonderful host to ladies in the program for 61 years! The program started in Mobile in the 1950s, and has been going strong ever since.

The contestants say they appreciate everything the volunteers do to make these two weeks some of the best of their lives.  Alabama’s DYW, Brooke Tarrant, said she couldn’t wait for the program to begin.

“Mobile just rolls out the red carpet for these women and makes this experience special,” Tarrant said.

Mississippi’s DYW, Abigail Susser, says Mobile is the definition of southern hospitality.

“Coming to Mobile where the national headquarters is, they are so passionate. So many people to give up these two weeks to make sure we have the time of our lives,” said Susser.

The 2017 Winner, Skye Bork walked away with tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships last year. She is thrilled to be back this year, to share about her experience.

“This has historically been the program dedicated to empowering young, ambitious, intelligent, and talented young women. It brings together women and the fact that Mobile embraces it,  is powerful and I am grateful they do.”

National DYW Executive Director, Kendra Haskins, says the program makes over a billion dollars in scholarships available to the young women. She says there may be just one overall winner, but that every single contestant brings the entire “package” to Mobile. She believes the women are smart, talented, and dedicated to bettering their communities.  These young ladies are also mentors. She is proud that Mobile recognizes the value of having the program in Mobile.

“Mobile just rolls out the red carpet for these women and makes this experience special,” Haskins said.

The National Finals Competition takes place Saturday night at 7 PM at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre. For more information, click here.

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