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Your Turn to Lead Conference
Held at Howard University
Your Turn to Lead introduced 50 girls ages 11-17 from throughout our Council to Girl Scouts. Held at the Howard University on May 7, girls participated in interactive leadership workshops and met with accomplished African-American professional women and men.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, Change it Up! the drive to be a leader is even stronger for African-American girls (53%) compared to Caucasian girls (34%). Over 80 percent of African-American girls say they want to be the kind of leader who stands up for her beliefs and values, brings people together to get things done and changes the world for the better. However, fewer then one-quarter of African-American girls feel empowered to effect change at school, at home (20%), in their neighborhoods (15%), in their peer groups (14%) and after school (6%).
"The overwhelming barrier impacting girls from pursuing leadership is confidence," said GSCNC CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon. "Girl Scouts has identified five outcomes to increase girls' confidence and created programs that give girls the opportunity to practice their leadership skills. We encourage girls to: develop a strong sense of self; critical thinking skills; ability to assess their community's needs; opportunities to connect with their community and the world; and ways to inspire each other to take action."
Thank you to all the mentors who attended:
► Mozella Perry Ademiluyi, Founder, Rising Sun Programs
► Imani Benthem, District of Columbia Teen USA 2011, Student at George Washington
► Pamela Bingham, Diversity Chairperson, American Society for Civil Engineers NCS
► Beverly Davis, Assoc. General Counsel for Human Relations, National Public Radio
► Christina L Benjamin, Healthy Living Initiative Program Consultant, GSCNC
► Cicily Hampton, PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina
► Allison Hill, Miss DC International 2011, Pharmacist
► Andraéa LaVant, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
► Alexia Martinez, Environmental Specialist, National Navy Medical Center
► Veronica Nelson, Risk Policy Associate III, Fannie Mae
► Dr Chu Chu Saunders, Pediatrician
► Marvena Simmonds, Public Health Advisor, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
► Megan Steel, Social Worker, Department of Human Services, Office of Child Welfare
► Doreen Williams, Founder, President, Executive Producer & Host, DW Communications & Media
► Allyson Woods, Consultant / Facilitation Project Management in Communications
► Dee Marshall, CEO Raise the Bar LLC
► Ms. Roberta McLeod, Director of the Blackburn Center, Howard University
This event was sponsored by Emmanuel Irono, CEO Motir Services, Inc.
Posted: May 10, 2011