Sorority Teaches Value Of Mentor Relationships

"We've all reached a level where we feel comfortable, and we feel a need to give back and guide our young sisters to where we are. And the only way that we can do that is if we are good examples for them," says Kim Breland.

Breland is the vice president for the Upsilon Chi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorported. She's also an educator who knows firsthand the importance of a mentor-mentee relationship.

"I'm in my 30s now, but I'm still learning. I'm still growing, and there are many that I still look up to," Breland said.

Persharon Dixon also knows the value of guidance and strong will. The pediatrician moved to south Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina to help run a mobile medical program. But for her, saving lives is a 24 hour job.

"I feel that it is really important especially for our young women to have mentors and have people in their lives who help them to develop self-esteem and self interest and self-love. And I feel like that is missing for our young women who find themselves in situations that they shouldn't be in because they have no one before them or beside them helping them to grow. One of the young women just came up. She can't be more than about five years old, and she wants to open a homeless shelter," says Dixon.

Dixon credits organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha for helping young girls to think outside of the box. It's something she believes sets the sky as the limit when it comes to success.

"I have the dream, and I need this person to help guide me to that dream. And you can do anything with that kind of hope," Dixon said.

Leaders say Sunday's mentea is just the start of youth organization the sorority will start in the fall. That organization will be called the Pink Pearls.