STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Young girls attended an event Sunday where they heard from a former "American Idol" contestant.
Mississippi State University student Jasmine Murray, who holds the crown Miss Riverland 2014, is educating and mentoring young girls through a personal platform called "13 going on 30."
"I am here to tell these young girls that they do not have to grow up before their time, that they can wait," said Jasmine Murray, student and singer. "They can embrace their age, and they can still be successful and love who they are."
Her platform teaches young girls to avoid falling into a trap that is becoming all too familiar, especially for those in an economically challenged environment.
The platform is also helping to empower young girls so that they can make the best decisions when facing tough challenges.
"I think young girls are realizing that they have the power and they have the strength to rise up and be leaders," said Bridget Otts, Lowndes County resident.
Jasmine's personal platform, which was founded in 2007, is not just limited to the Magnolia State.
In fact, she plans to take it all over the United States and even into foreign countries.
"I've been able to travel all over Mississippi, to Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas — so many different places — and promote this platform, so I am very, very excited at more opportunities to continue this," said Murray.
Self esteem and setting goals are also emphasized.
The Princess Tea Party also served as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network.