Thousands of Kids Nationwide Pledge to be Healthy, Stay in School, and Serve their Community during National Be Your Best Self Week

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Distinguished Young Women program participants share positive message of self-esteem and personal development.

In an effort to combat major issues facing youth and children, Distinguished Young Women is dispatching many of the nation’s best and brightest young women into communities across the nation to serve as role models and share messages of positive self-esteem and personal development during National Be Your Best Self Week. The national event, presented by Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss (AJM), takes place this week, April 22-26, 2013, and is expected to reach thousands of young people.

“The Be Your Best Self program gives young women an opportunity to get out in their communities as positive role models who share a unique message that empowers the young people who hear it,” said Christina Maxwell, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012. “It helps young people to recognize their unique gifts and learn how to use them to make a positive impact on the lives of those around them.”

Throughout National Be Your Best Self Week, program participants will host events in their community to teach young people about being physically fit and drug free, serving their communities, staying in school, setting and achieving goals, and living by moral and ethical principles. Each program participant will use her own talents and life experiences to present the message through creative and fun methods that engage the children they meet.

Young people who agree to accept the Be Your Best Self challenge will complete pledge cards as a personal commitment to be healthy, studious, involved, ambitious, and responsible.

About Distinguished Young Women & Be Your Best Self
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders.

In addition to providing scholarships, Distinguished Young Women challenges each participant to share its national outreach program, Be Your Best Self (BYBS), with young people across the nation. Through the BYBS program, participants encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through the program’s five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women or National Be Your Best Self Week, contact Stephanie Bradford, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-438-3621, Stephanie(at)DistinguishedYW(dot)org) or visit Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:;;

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