Green Bay Packers host 'Empower' leadership event for MPS students

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Hundreds of Milwaukee middle school students learned how to make impactful changes in their lives and community Thursday, Feb. 13.

It was part of the second annual Green Bay Packers "Empower" event, giving students the lessons and motivation to change for the better.

It featured speakers and a project meant to encourage the students to feel empowered and inspired to create positive ripples in their homes, schools and communities.

Thursday's event featured about 140 female middle school students.

The students were asked to come up with ways to make a positive impact on the world.

"So we look at a couple of different things, and we really want to get to...okay, you're middle school students, but you can make a change now, and there's a lot of influences that are going on in your life, so who are you? Figure out what you want to do and what your dreams are, and start working on those now because you can make a difference in our world," said Amanda Wery, Green Bay Packers community outreach coordinator.

The event also featured Pearls for Teen Girls, a leadership development program serving girls in Milwaukee, as well as United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

Friday will be geared toward about 140 male middle school students selected by their schools to participate in the event.

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