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Young Miss Buffalo pageant helps ‘young women become their best’

A new Young Miss Buffalo will be crowned on Aug. 3 following a pageant with several shining participants. Each of the young ladies, ages 13-17, has participated in life-enrichment and esteem-building programs throughout the year, qualifying them to be contestants at this event.

The motto of both the pageant and of its creator is: “Helping young women become their best.”

Young Miss Buffalo 2013, Jazmyn Alexandra Farr, will speak about her experiences as a contestant and her reign. Advance tickets are $10 and are available through the organization’s website ( Tickets at the door are $15 and children 5 and younger are free. The pageant takes place in the Mason O. Damon auditorium of Downtown/Central Library with the entrance on Clinton Street near Ellicott Street.

Young Miss Buffalo Pageant Scholarship and Enrichment Program, Inc., a locally based non-profit organization, was founded by Buffalo native, business owner and mentor Detra M. Trueheart in 1999.

YMBP is for girls ages 13-17 who live in the city, and in some of its most challenged neighborhoods. The organization promotes four principals: BEST – Beauty, Education, Service and Talent – and works throughout the year to help girls overcome self-esteem issues and other daily challenges. Contestants will compete not only for a crown, but for scholarships.