Chi and Company

Businesswoman starts club for female students
Posted on 09/26/2017

A new club called Chi and Company has been started at Poplar Bluff Junior High School by a business and civic leader to instill a sense of self-confidence in young women. 

Founder Christy Frazier-Moore, who organized the recent annual Women Aware Conference, held a kickoff meeting for about 400 female students during academic lab on Thursday, Sept. 14, establishing monthly topics to be discussed including hair and makeup, dating and college. 

“If I can help one girl feel better about themselves, I consider this a success,” stated Frazier-Moore, a loan officer at The Bank of Missouri. “Hopefully it doesn’t take them 30 years like it did me.” 

She can remember as a young lady being very thin and struggling with self-esteem, Frazier-Moore admitted, but fortunately had some strong role models in her life. She wants to become that person for students, she wrote in a letter sent home to parents informing them about the voluntary club. 

Having contemplated the framework for a year, Frazier-Moore said one of the catalysts was when her 5-year-old daughter came home and said her classmates were making fun of her hair and outfit, which the mother said was heartbreaking to hear happening at such an early age. To Frazier-Moore’s delight, the PBJHS administration was receptive to the idea as it fits in with their character-building initiative taking place. 

“There’s a need to pass on to young ladies a positive image of confidence, and to make sure they are building each other up instead of tearing each other down,” said Candace Warren, PBJHS principal. “In my 23 years of experience, this age is critical for them to start shaping their future, and what better way than to learn from successful women in the community?” 

Warren invited Frazier-Moore to have a seat on the Bright Futures Site Council, a goal of which is to forge community partnerships in mentoring capacities. They welcome an equivalent opportunity for male students as well. 

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Cutline: Christy Frazier-Moore holds a kickoff meeting for her new club, Chi and Company, open to PBJHS female students seeking to reach their full potential and have fun.

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