Every now and then, someone comes along who challenges my thinking and makes me intrinsically want to do better, do more, and be a better person. Today, I am challenged by an amazingly inspirational 15-year-old (did you hear me say FIFTEEN people??!!) actually speak louder than her perfectly stated pageant expectations. Take notice!
Gabriella Genereaux is the reigning 2016 Miss Shelby County Outstanding Teen as of January, and despite seeing a lot of these titles myself, I have to say she TRULY is proving herself to be even *more than* outstanding!!
Winners of such a prestigious titles are expected to have a platform they believe in passionately, make a difference in their communities, and be ready to carry it out with a fierce plan. Gabby desires to “help inner city children in as many ways as possible.” Well … Oasis of Hope is more than blessed for her kind of dedications because she IS making a difference in North Memphis week after week!
More specifically, Gabby’s platform is “Love Never Fails, based off of 1 Corinthians 13 which tells us love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. My passion is working with inner city children, and no matter what I do with them whether it be playing on the playground, or simply just talking with them, the most effective thing of all is just showing them love.”
Gabby … thank you for LOVING our kids!!!!!
Currently, Gabby is mentoring Saniaa in Oasis of Hope’s Read-2-Succeed program, a weekly commitment where she invests in a relationship with Saniaa as well as promotes her increased educational capacity through reading together and improving her educational skills, and investing in her spiritual well-fare as well (after-all, she is working with an Oasis program).
And this is just the beginning. Gabby has lots of additional ideas!! As well as collecting over 2,000 donated books for the Oasis of Hope reading library, she also has plans to use those books for a ‘Little Free Library’ project where she and her dad plan to build poles to put up in North Memphis where families are encouraged to take a book/leave a book. Watch for details on this!
She also has a ‘Bike-a-thon” in the works, scheduled for Shelby Farms in partnership with the Oasis Bike Shop to raise money for inner city kids who desire to attend Bible camp this summer at KAA (Kids Across America). Stay tuned for details about this as well and be sure to support her efforts by being involved! This is compassion, and education, and spiritual development, and physical fitness combined!!!
So Gabby … we are your BIGGEST fans!!! Even if your future titles don’t go exactly as you planned, we see that you are a total SUPERSTAR in North Memphis!! Thank you dearly for your platform involving the investment in Oasis of Hope kids … we absolutely believe they are WORTH it!!!!