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Local empowerment program turns young girls into princesses for the day

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Nearly 100 local girls are getting ready for an annual event that turns them into a "Princess for a Day." The goal is to leave each girl feeling empowered. 

After months of hard work, girls between the ages of 3 and 15, will get to show the community what it takes to be a princess when "Maryland Princess for a Day" arrives. 

Princess for a Day © Coressa Williams Princess for a Day

The event is part of an outreach program under the organization Building Hope Inc., which offers empowerment programs for children and the community. 

Coressa Williams is the founder of the organization and says she has worked hard with local titleholders to get the girls ready for the event. 

"We teach the regular poses, the etiquette," she explained. "This program is about them knowing that they are amazing and wonderful just the way they are." 

The pageant will take place at Tabernacle Church in Laurel, MD from noon to 2 p.m. on March 23. Each girl will walk a red carpet and be crowned a princess. There's no competition. Every girl leaves a winner. 

"It feels good," said Catrice Chambers, who's one of 95 girls participating. "It makes them [the girls] build their confidence."

Chamberws said it has help build her own confidence too.  

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The girls are able to participate in the program as many times as they like. Once they age out, they have the opportunity to become ambassadors for the program and teach other little girls what they have learned. 

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