Reach and Rise

Mentoring Program

Reach and Rise would like to highlight one of our special guest speakers at this year’s Healthy Kids Day- “Miss Leigh Anna Kingvalsky”.  She is the current Miss Black Louisiana US Ambassador 2017.  Leigh Anna graced our event with her signature smile, her pageant slash and her tiara.  Below is an article that was written about her plight as life coach, mentor and beauty pageant contestant.  



New Orleans East just got a little shine. One of its own – Leigh Anna  Margurite Kingvalsky--has been crowned Miss Black US Ambassador by its scholarship organization. Kingvalsky's platform is EMPOWER Louisiana, which includes her goal to raise awareness for a plethora of diseases and take action to create change.

As a graduate from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Human Movement., she continues to focus on physical fitness and how exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and mental health, and how exercise improves the effects of medication for those suffering from those diseases.

Kingvalsky has been interested in pageants since she was 10. She has competed in the Miss Pre-Teen Louisiana Scholarship Pageant and then in 2015, she competed in the Miss Black Louisiana U.S. Scholarship Pageant. She most recently held the title of Miss Capital City 2016.  

"Pageants aren't just about beauty," Kingvalsky said. "They're about raising awareness for social causes, building lifelong friendships, and helping women grow and reach their goals through service and scholarship."

Pageantry is not her only interest. Kingvalsky attended Benjamin Dance School for 10 years, which was interrupted with hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately after the storm, Benjamin Dance School did not reopen, but she continued to study dance at Children's Ballet.

While attending Cabrini High School, she was on the varsity track and field and cross country teams. She continues to incorporate exercise in her daily schedule.

The week of July 16-24, 2017, Kingvalsky will compete for the title of Miss Black U.S. Ambassador, in Orlando, Florida. This pageant will include over 100 Teen and Miss state ambassadors from ages 14-28.The competition will be hosted by The Miss Black US Ambassador Scholarship Organization and GE Institute Foundation, Inc.

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  The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program offers therapeutic mentoring to youths ages 6-17.  This program is designed to supplement the lack of  positive role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, and violence as well as other disenfranchising circumstances that may put youth at risk.

Healthy Kids Day 2017