Operation Cinderella empowers teens through "Unstoppable" conference

Posted at 7:17 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 20:18:23-04
Operation Cinderella, the non-profit organization that gives low income students free prom dresses, took their mission one step further Thursday. They held their 2nd annual girls empowerment conference at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. About 200 at risk teens from ten area high schools created words of encouragement pouches. They also attended a resource fair to connect them with local organizations, and they listened to two motivational speakers including Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012 Tasha Schuh.
Through the workshop, the girls say they realized they're not the only teens dealing with personal struggles whether it's bullying, peer pressure, or troubles at home.
Appleton North High School Senior Megan Hemauer says, "It makes you feel like there's a lot of support, there's like a lot of other people that are going through what you're going through, and you're not alone."
The conference, entitled "Unstoppable," teaches teens to make good choices and drives home the message that they're valued and cared about.
Operation Cinderella's founders, Jill Vanden Oever and Mary Linden, say the goal for the day is to elevate and motivate the girls to work towards living their best possible life.
NBC26's Stacy Engebretson was honored to serve as the emcee for the event.
by inspiring about two-hundred "at-risk" teens... 
To live their *best life.. possible.
The organization".. held their second annual "girls empowerment conference today.. at the "fox cities "performing arts center."
The girls.. from ten area "high schools".. made "words of wisdom" pouches.. attended a "resource fair"... And listened to "motivational speakers".. that brought some.. to tears.