Written by: Tori Crane, BBJ Foundation Assistant Coordinator
Summers can be full of craziness. Kids are out of school, airports are packed full of vacationers and families are running around from one event to the next. But this summer, the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation has some exciting options for women and girls of all ages to take a break from the hustle and bustle and become the best they can be! So mark your calendars and get ready to feel refreshed, strengthened and rejuvenated!
Be The Best You Girls Camp
Be The Best You
For: Girls ages 12-18
When: July 11-16
Where: Thanksgiving Point (lodging provided by Springhill Suites Marriott)
Register at: barbarabjones.org
Be The Best You is a week-long camp for teenage girls with the purpose of building their self-esteem and strengthening their testimony of Jesus Christ. This life-changing week full of activities, speakers, and service will help these girls understand their self-worth so that they can reach their full potential and influence others for good as they follow the Savior.
Several motivational speakers and performers come to Be The Best You to speak to the girls about the importance of believing and having confidence in themselves. This year, the girls will have the amazing opportunity of hearing from John Bytheway, Brad Wilcox, Meg Johnson and Jessie Clark Funk as well as daily devotionals from Barbara Barrington Jones, camp director and CEO of the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation.
Be The Best You helps girls to build their confidence by teaching them to lose themselves in the service of others. The girls do service projects with children from local Boys and Girls Clubs, residents in assisted living centers and girls with special needs. They also make blankets for patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. These activities let the girls put others’ needs before their own which helps them to feel better about themselves and increases their desire to serve. In addition, the girls enjoy other fun activities such as concerts, a movie night, prom, Girls’ Night Out, and etiquette training.
“Everyone wants to feel important and special and we can feel that way as we lose ourselves in the service of others,” said Barbara Barrington Jones, “as we focus on helping those around us, we not only help them feel important, appreciated and loved, but grow to feel this way as well.”
A New You Retreat for Women
A New You
For: Women ages 18-100
When: Aug. 4-6
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Register at: barbarabjones.org
Don’t leave all the fun to your kids, take a break for yourself too! A New You is a weekend retreat for women to rest, rejuvenate and be uplifted as they discover their inner and outer beauty.
This retreat gives women a break from their busy, hectic lives and a chance to separate themselves from the world and focus on their needs. During the retreat, women hear from motivational speakers and participate in daily devotionals that strengthen their own self-esteem and helps them better understand their self-worth. There will be classes on fashion, nutrition and relationships as well as special musical firesides. The ladies will also receive a makeover at the Vivesque Salon and massages from the Sage Leaf Spa.
“The results of attending ‘A New You — Retreat for Women’ were immediate. I left feeling refreshed, full of hope, and with a totally new outlook on life. I never could have imagined the long-term and life-changing impact it would have on me,” one participant said.
Woman to Woman
Woman to Woman
Learn more and make donations at womantowomanproject.org.
Looking for a good cause to get involved in this summer? Barbara and her foundation have joined forces with Baroness Emma Nicholsen of London to provide a maternity center and safe haven for woman and children in Basra, Iraq.
There are at least eight million widowed women in Iraq with about 90 women losing their husbands each day, according to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. These women are left to care for, protect and provide for their families on their own. A maternity center will provide safety and resources these woman cannot otherwise receive.
Barbara and the Baroness are currently raising funds to build this Maternity and Mother Child Health Care Unit which will provide birthing facilitates for up to six mothers and provide pre-natal and post-natal support to mothers and children.
Barbara began the “Woman to Woman” project in order allow others the opportunity to help bless the lives of women and children in Iraq. In order to build the facility, Barbara is looking for help to raise $125,000 which the foundation will match 100 percent for a total of $250,000.
“This building will be a place where pregnant woman can receive pre-natal care and have their babies safely delivered. This is something that has never been available to them,” Barbara said. “I know that as we all work together, we can help many woman and children live a safe and healthy life.”
Barbara Barrington Jones has dedicated her life and non-profit organization to enhancing the quality of life for people throughout the world. Barbara and her foundation accomplishes their mission by uplifting women and girls through various programs such as girl’s camps, women’s retreats and various philanthropic projects. Barbara not only wants to help those she can, but she wants to give them the tools they need to change the world and make it a better place.
Learn more about Barbara, the foundation’s work and upcoming events at barbarabjones.org.