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Miss America Gives Message of Hope to Area Girls

Miss America Gives Message of Hope to Area Girls

"Don't allow your past to define your present or your future," Laura Kaeppeler - Miss America

Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler, brought a message of hope to Milwaukee area girls at the Images of Us (IOU) Sports Girls Violence Prevention Forum. Kaeppeler of Kenosha, WI and former Miss Wisconsin will be the keynote speaker. IOU Sports is a Milwaukee based nonprofit organization that educate and empowers girls by using sports to instill leadership, teamwork and discipline. While her competitors pushed platforms including promoting the health benefits of milk and protecting the environment, Laura Kaeppeler said she wants children of incarcerated adults to feel less alone, to have mentoring and as much of a relationship with their parents as possible. The Girls Violence Prevention forum is a gender responsive forum offering girls a safe place to be with other girls and focus on violence prevention, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and leadership.

Laura Kaeppeler is the real deal...she brought her message of hope and strength to our Girls Violence Prevention Forum that captivated the audience and enlightened them with her passion to help kids move forward with shame and pain their parents may have caused them from being incarcerated and to reconnect with them. 

Watch the video below to hear Laura Kaeppeler's incredible journey of being Miss America and her message of hope...AND, her singing Over the Rainbow!!!!


"Thank you, thank you, thank you.  What a great day for the girls and women alike!  Our group appreciated the variety of information, activities, lunch and to top it off Miss America.  We look forward to future events.  Well done!"  Jane Ahl, Employment Training Specialist - Milwaukee Public Schools

"...Can I just say that she was REAL and unbelievably down to earth. The message she delivered to the girls was absolutely fantastic. I'm officially a fan! Thank you so much Bernell for inviting me to be a part of this awesome event."  Anita Clinton

This event was sponsored by:  Sadoff Iron and Metal Company; Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation; Milwaukee County Parks and Aramark.


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Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson