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Miss Texas International 2009
Jade Monfils

Jade Monfils was crowned the 2009 Miss Texas International on March 22, 2009 at the historic Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.

A native Texan, Jade was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her platform is "Preventing Youth Gang Crimes" and she has dedicated her reign to the positive effects of after school programs and youth mentoring.  She believes that many of our youth are growing up too fast, and being negatively influenced.  Many children are coming from broken homes and Jade believes that through after-school programs and positive mentoring these youth can be productive in today's society.  She has worked with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Bea’s Kids, the Boys and Girls Club, and Stand Up for Kids; all non-profit organizations that work to give children a positive opportunity for their future.  Jade has spoken to children on the importance of education and that by believing in your dreams, anything is possible.

Not only is Jade dedicated to community leadership, but she has also followed her dream of becoming a respected apparel designer.  She currently works for JC Penney in Product Development, as a Senior Assistant Designer for the modern career brand, Worthington.  Jade attended the Art Institute of California - San Francisco, where she was a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society and received her BFA in Fashion Design.  Shortly after graduation she entered the Design Trainee program at JC Penney and has been working at JC Penney’s home office since 2006.  When not working, she volunteers her time as a youth mentor and career coach.  She was previously honored by President George W. Bush with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her commitment to the community by volunteering over 300 hours in 2007 with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dress for Success, The Crow Collection of Asian Art, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Soup Mobile for the Homeless, The Design Industries Fighting for AIDS, and The American Cancer Society.  Giving back to the community is a huge part of her life; which is why she lives by the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change that you want to see in the world”.

In her spare time Jade enjoys Modern and Contemporary Art, museums, traveling, cooking Asian food, reading, her dogs (a mini schnauzer and a Boston terrier), and spending time with family and friends.  Jade aspires to continue to pursue a career in the fashion industry, earn her Master’s degree, and develop a non-profit organization to prevent youth gang crimes.  

Growing up Jade had two working parents, and had many friends that were “latch key kids”.  She has seen first hand the dangers of gang violence and the importance of these programs.  Having volunteered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1999 and mentoring her “little sister” through Big Brother and Big Sisters, she sees a need for positive outlets for young teens.  For youth, 12 - 14 years old is a crucial time when youth are exposed to gangs.  Also boys and girls involved in after school programs are 50% less likely to drop out of high school, and 2.5 times more likely to go on to further education.  This year she has become involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas’s S.M.A.R.T. (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves and S.M.A.R.T. Girls programs, which focuses on gang intervention.  It is more than just a “Say No” program.  It teaches children aged 6 - 15 how to say no through role playing and developing assertiveness and decision making skills.  She is also focusing on developing a program in Dallas through Stand Up for Kids called “Don’t Run Away”.  It consists of recruiting high school and college students who in turn make presentations at local elementary and middle schools, about the dangers of running away from home.  Nationally 450,000 children will run away from home this year, and in 75% of cases it will only take two weeks for them to become involved in theft, drugs, or prostitution in order to survive.  Many of the children that make a decision to run away are coming from homes were abuse exists.  These presentations let these children know that running away will not solve their problems, that telling someone that they trust about their issues is the only positive end.  Please visit www.jademonfils.comto learn more, or visit her blog at www.jademonfils.blogspot.comto see her latest events.