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Woman who runs free summer camp for girls wins Positively Jax award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Najera Johnson, who runs a free summer camp to young teenage girls who suffer from self-esteem issues, mental and physical abuse, was awarded with the Positively Jax award for April by WJXT and Memorial Hospital.

The camp is called Southern Belle Academy. Each girl is paired up with a local exceptional woman based upon their degree background, career and personality which assures a instant connection with a child.

"You have dreams and you can fulfill them, no matter what anybody tells you," Johnson tells the girls who attend her camp. "No matter how old you are, you can always do things ahead of time. You can start on stuff that you want to do when you get older."

Her summer camps teaches etiquette, job training, writing, cost-saving shopping, colleague, reviews, and self- esteem activities.

"What I wanted you all to learn is that you can be anything," she tells the girls. "Nobody can put you in a box.  Whatever you see yourself doing, you should do it."