Workshop aims to empower women

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Nyla Hoffman, left, plays charades as Dr. Tiffany Tyson holds the answer Thursday at Zaxby's during the kickoff event for the upcoming Young Ladies Empowerment Series.


By Amelia Harper
Staff Writer

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A local author and mental health provider kicked off her second annual Empowerment Workshop for Women and Young Girls by holding a pre-workshop event Thursday at Zaxby’s.

The Drum Team from Rocky Mount High School performed in front of Zaxby’s on Thursday afternoon. Their performance was followed by a performance by the Envy-Us Steppers. Both groups also are slated to perform at the main empowerment workshop scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Rocky Mount Middle School.

Dr. Tiffany D. Tyson, who will be holding the workshop, said the one-day workshop addresses the roadblocks preventing teens from reaching their potential by first identifying the issues, educating them on how to cope with those issues, and ultimately empowering them to be in control. Three interactive sessions will be held at the event, which also includes lunch and entertainment provided by comedian Les Long.

This year’s workshop, which is directed at women and girls ages 12 and up, will focus on avoiding negative relationships, especially in dating.

“Statistics show that many young women are dealing with bullying, low self-esteem and abuse as a result of negative relationships,” Tyson said.

Tyson said that this year’s workshops will  also include information provided by My Sister’s House and a session about the involvement of girls in gangs presented by a female officer from the Rocky Mount Police Department.

The workshop fee, which runs $20, also includes a copy of one of Tyson’s books. In addition to the creation of the Young Ladies Empowerment Series, Tyson is the author of “The Urban Princess,” an accompanying workbook for “Urban Princess” and a follow-up book entitled “Urban Princess Empowerment Series: The Power of Choice.” Tyson describes these works as fictional accounts of adolescents who face every day situations from bullying and relationships to substance abuse, self-esteem and more.

Tyson said she is charging $20 for this year’s event in part because of a STEM project that participants will be engaging in at the workshop. However, she said that several sponsors in the area are helping defray the cost for some participants so that the workshop can be offered to women and girls who may otherwise be unable to attend. The event will include participants from Wilson, Edgecombe and Nash counties.

"Our workshop has become well-known in the community. I’m excited to announce we have a host of new community partners and sponsors including Zaxby’s of Rocky Mount,” Tyson said.

Other platinum and gold level sponsors for the events include the OIC, Western Sizzlin’, The Prime Smokehouse, Olive Garden and Dunkin Donuts. In addition, 14 other community partners contributed to the event.

Tyson is a Wilson resident who works as a family nurse practitioner at the OIC in Rocky Mount. She hopes the second annual Empowerment Workshop for Women and Young Girls will offer hope and help to young women in the area.

“There is a great need in this area for women to boost their self-esteem,” Tyson said. “We are hoping this workshop will help provide them with positive dating tips and a session on hair care. We are also offering the STEM activity because a lot of women don’t enter science and technology fields and we want them to see those fields as possibilities.”

To contact Tyson about opportunities to sponsor or refer young girls, call 252-281-4884. For more information about Tyson or to register for the workshop, go to http://www.tysonmultimedia.com.