On March 19, 2023, the “I Have a Dream” Her Story Brunch will feature inspirational remarks from four dynamic women in Bowling Green. Learn more about Antonée Young, Shwe Win, Maira Gomez, and Amber Jefferson. Then, invite a 6-12 grader you know to attend. The brunch is designed for conversations that empower girls in grades 6-12 to accomplish their goals and pursue their dreams. The event will feature food, giveaways, photos, music, vision/goal-centered activities, inspirational remarks, and more.
Antonée Young is an 18-year-old finishing her senior year attending South Warren High School. She is a member of the Beta Club and marching band and an officer in the SWHS Equality Club. This fall, she will attend Fisk University, an HBCU in Nashville, on a full tuition scholarship. In Tennessee, she plans to continue attending church, serving as an NAACP member and doing community service work.
Shwe Win is from a refugee camp in Umpium, Thailand, and in 2008, she immigrated to Bowling Green, KY, where she now calls her home. Shwe is a senior in the JUMP Public Health program at Western Kentucky University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in May 2023 and continuing to pursue a master’s degree. Shwe is the president of Leaders 4 Life and an active member in other student organizations, such as Spirit Masters, Kentucky Public Health Association, and 1st Generation Ambassadors. As a student worker, Shwe works for Educational Talent Search, a TRIO program that serves 8-12 graders; who are low-income and 1st generation in their journey to pursue post-secondary education.
Shwe wants to become a global health advocate for equality and equity in communities with disparities. She is passionate about humanitarian causes and improving well-being among underserved communities like the one she grew up in.
Maira Gomez is an associate attorney English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP. Maira currently practices in the areas of Immigration Law, Employment Law, and Family Law.
Maira graduated Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University (WKU) in May 2012 with a B.A. in Spanish, and minors including Criminology and Legal Studies. While attending WKU, Maira studied abroad in Spain in the spring of 2011. Upon graduation from WKU, Maira attended the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law and graduated in May 2021 where she earned her J.D.
Maira currently serves on the Board of Directors for Phoenix Rising, The Foundry Christian Community Center, and was formerly involved with Step by Step, and the Kentucky State Representative Campaign. Maira is fluent in Spanish, a beginner in French, enjoys attending church events as well as spending time with family and friends, fitness, hiking, horseback riding, traveling, & cooking. Maira is excited to be back in Bowling Green and looks forward to serving the Bowling Green community.
Passion and perseverance best describe Amber Jefferson. She was forced to relocate and rebuild her business, KNAI Beauty Supply and Salon, after it was destroyed by a tornado in December of 2021. She officially reopened in April 2022. Amber is a business owner and hair stylist who is proudly living her dream.