A group of children ages 10 to 17 received an encouraging lecture from a Bowie-based image consultant at the start of the Teen Court session.
Teen Court is a bi-monthly program put on by the Prince George’s state’s attorney’s office that allows first-time juvenile offenders to avoid the juvenile justice system by being granted a second chance by a “jury” of their peers.
Before the October session came to order, Yasmin Anderson-Smith, the founder of teen empowerment program Every Girl Can, spoke to the youth about the importance of appearance, image and inner beauty.
She said she told youth that behavior and body language can negatively affect how someone is viewed by another person and that first impressions can create a path to achievement.
Each child attending was given a pencil inscribed with the message “Your Image Matters - Sharpen It!”