South Texas Independent School District’s South Texas Business, Education, & Technology Academy (BETA) and South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) will welcome renowned media personality, motivational speaker, and author Alexis Jones to speak regarding female empowerment and healthy choices on Oct. 24 and 25.
Jones will conduct five separate sessions over two days. BETA will host Jones on Thursday, Oct. 24. She will present to the 9th- and 12th-grade girls during a 9:00 a.m. session and to the 10th- and 11th-grade girls at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
STPA will host Jones on Friday, Oct. 25. A session will be held at 9:00 a.m. for 8th-grade girls, and the session for 7th-grade girls will follow at 12:45 p.m. Jones will also make an appearance at the STPA pep rally at 2:45 p.m. to address both male and female students.
The presentation is entitled “I Am That Girl” and will focus on themes of female empowerment and healthy choices. The material in Jones’ presentation will also tie in with Red Ribbon Week and National Bullying Prevention Month.
Jones, a native of Austin, Texas, graduated from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in international relations and a master’s degree in communications management. She has hosted a show on the Red Carpet, and has worked at both Fox Sports and ESPN. She also appeared on the popular CBS reality show “Survivor.”
Most notably, Jones founded the “I Am That Girl” initiative (http://www.iamthatgirl.com/), an internet movement focused on promoting positive self-image and self-worth among young women through the sharing of stories and building of online communities.
Jones is a well-known motivational speaker who has given presentations to schools, universities, and major corporations, and she will release her first book, entitled “I Am That Girl,” in Jan. of 2014.
Jones has spent the last four years speaking to over 100,000 youth in person and over a million people on-line regarding personal and professional development, leadership, activism, social entrepreneurism, and women’s issues.
Maricela Hinojosa, M.Ed., LPC-S, district student wellness specialist, saw Jones present at the 7th Annual Girl Bullying & Relational Aggression Conference during the summer. She said, “Her message was so powerful that we thought it would be great for our girls to have the opportunity to hear her. Her work is helping young girls build confidence and self-esteem, promoting healthier choices. She inspires girls to dream bigger and redefine beauty.”