A NEW Miss Wagga Junior program hopes to create young community leaders.
Stina Constantine, who is the reigning Miss Wagga, has been pushing the idea forward since her crowning last year.
"Part of the reason for Miss Wagga Junior came from my engagement with the schools and meeting the young girls," she said.
"I have many girls asking me how old they had to be to enter, and it was heart-breaking to say they had to wait until they are 18."
The Miss Wagga Junior program is open to girls from 10 to 12-years old.
Miss Constantine said the program was an opportunity for girls to learn a variety of skills in a safe, non-competitive environment while making an impact through fundraising.
"This is not a competition, but more about coming together and women empowering women," she said.
"These young girls look up to adults, but it would be fantastic if they had a Miss Wagga Junior recipient, who are their age, to look up to as a role model."
The new program has similar components to the Miss Wagga Quest such as fundraising for the community and developing new skills.
However, she said it was also about making new friends outside their school environment.
"There will be individual fundraising that goes for a month and then over the July school holidays the entrants will have a three-day program where they learn about public speaking, health and fitness and introducing themselves to strangers - but, most importantly having fun," she said.
Miss Constantine said there are 10 more days to submit an application via the Miss Wagga Quest website.
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