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Dream Girls holds career, health, safety expo

Workshop held Saturday at Ribault High School

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of young men came together Friday to talk about changing the culture of crime, violence and death, but Saturday was all about the ladies.

Dream Girls, an organization that partners with Operation Save Our Sons, held its career, health and safety expo at Ribault High School.

The girls may not be old enough to be working in their prospective careers just yet, but after the workshop the young ladies are at least thinking about what it might look like.

Tatiana Floyd and her school mate Amanda Jagodnik were just two of the students who came out to the Dream Girls career health and safety expo.

In addition to talking about their career goals past graduation, they learned about a topic not so frequently discussed -- human trafficking.

Florida ranks third when it comes to the most cases of human trafficking in the country and Jacksonville is third in the state.

"I was like, 'Wow, this is really real.' It was painful to hear about the different cases the all the things that they were telling us about," Jagodnik said.

The event also included the expo, which was about supporting local businesses, and giving girls and their mothers the opportunity to learn about the businesses.

Sonjanique Guns started St. Paul Dream Girls. For the event she partnered with Operation Save Our Sons, which is run by her husband, John Guns.

"What better way to help young boys than to help their mothers, help their sisters," Sonjanique Guns said.

She said it's not just about telling young women to do better, but showing them how. With this experience, she hopes they walk away with one thing.

"Greater self value. We want the young women to know that they are who God created them to be, and we wanted them to get the tools to live beyond their wildest dreams," she said.

"It gives me more a general idea of where my skills are and what I actually want to do with my life all the different options that I do have, so it's very eye-opening," said Jagodnik.


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