The Monticello young women’s mentorship group, Level Up, officially launched July 19 at the Great I Am Temple Church at Monticello.


The Level Up Empowerment Group is a mentorship group founded by Shanae B. Govan, a native of Crossett, where she serves as head girls basketball coach, according to a news release.


Govan has also launched groups in Crossett, Hamburg and Oklahoma City. Her vision is to establish these empowerment groups across the country.


“Moving back home from college, Shanae realized that she wanted to impact communities on a broader scope greater than just being a basketball coach, which led her to make the decision to form a group entitled, ‘Level Up,’” according to the release.


“This group is founded upon basic principles sought out to lead young ladies towards their future in gaining a greater outlook on their worth, while also realizing that they do not have to compromise to get ahead in life,” according to the release.


The Monticello group includes 17-to-25-year-olds and other age groups may even participate. The local coordinator is Clarissa Pace, one of the pastors of the Great I Am Temple.


“The first meeting was simply amazing,” said Pace. “We created a no judgment zone atmosphere where the young ladies could pour out their hearts and they did. It is a blessing to play a small part of this vision for Shanae. She is outstanding herself.”


Pace added that they welcome young women from any Southeast Arkansas area to participate as well.


The Monticello Level Up Empowerment Group will meet next at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Great I Am Temple, 300 N. Main Street, Monticello.


Young women of all races, creed, color, and nationality are invited to participate. Details: Clarissa Pace, thegreatiamtemple@gmail.com or 870-460-5999.