This Wednesday, October 10th, Wichita will welcome the reigning Miss America Laura Kaeppeler to speak on the importance of mentoring at a conference hosted by Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Kansas Department of Corrections and P3-Positive Pathways Program.
Laura’s platform and passion is mentoring children of incarcerated parents. While in high school, Laura’s father served in federal prison. Inspired by her personal experiences, Laura founded an organization to support children of incarcerated parents.
“Without a few key mentors in my life, I certainly wouldn’t be the woman that I am today, let alone Miss America,” said Laura during a recent appearance on CNN, “Had I not had those mentors, it would have been really easy to head down a negative path.”
Miss America will speak at a luncheon at the First Methodist Church in Meredith Hall from 12:15-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10. She will be available for media interviews immediately following the presentation (appx. 1:00 p.m.)
“We are so honored Miss America will be sharing her personal story with our children and community about how mentoring can change lives,” said Dan Soliday, President and CEO, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We know it will inspire many across the state to get involved in our program and help youth facing adversity who are desperately in need of a mentor.”