Every year, a place of honor is reserved in the Mother Goose Parade for our new goodwill ambassador and her royal court. The selected individual will reign over the historical Annual Mother Goose Parade atop her very own spectacular float. The Queen and her Royal Court will not only reign over the parade, but these young women also volunteer their time throughout the year for many organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, MS Society, Relay for Life Cancer Walk, and many other events and organizations. Volunteerism instills these values of community spirit, activism, compassion, confidence, and individualism into each young woman that we come in contact with, while providing them with resources and opportunities to achieve their career goals, further their education with scholarships for college tuitions, and fulfill their personal potential.
The Queen’s Contest, which is also known as our Scholarship/Leadership/Goodwill Ambassador Program for Young Women of San Diego County, has become a valuable and impressive experience for young women that attend high school, to identify their own-self worth and prepare them for “real world demands”. The young women receive personal growth and career management courses and job search skills through workshops such as Karate Courses for self defense, Proper Etiquette, Dress for Success (includes hair and make-up), Resume preparation and Interview Techniques, Speech Dynamics, Essay Writing, and Confidence Building Blocks, and Salesmanship, just to name a few. To teach them salesmanship to help build their confidence, letter writing, and speaking ability, they assist in raising money for the association’s programs through sales of decals, memberships, program advertising, and coronation tickets.
Our dedicated and talented committee of volunteers prepares each participant for a wonderful experience and produces a contest that is fair and equitable to all involved. Our mission continues to provide all of the resources available to us to assist every participant equally, and to do everything possible to help them compete with confidence, grace, composure, and success! It is also a great opportunity to meet celebrities and dignitaries!
Academic achievement is a prerequisite to acceptance; and written essays and responses to questions asked by judges are some bases for selection.
The Mother Goose Parade Association holds the Mother Goose Queen’s Coronation at the El Cajon Elks Lodge located at 1400 E. Washington in El Cajon, California (check out “Events). The Coronation is the event that honors these young women for all their hard work and accomplishments throughout the program. It is also the time when the Mother Goose Queen is selected. It is a celebration that needs to be supported and experienced by all.