Girl Talk: A Conference for Young Ladies

Posted: April 5, 2011 by ERCPCP Blogger in Uncategorized

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Back by popular demand, the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership is beginning the process of establishing a volunteer committee to begin planning its signature “Girl Talk” Conference.  As such, we are issuing this call to action for women and organizations everywhere; we need your participation and support!  In the past, “Girl Talk” has proven to be a positive tool for engaging young women and addressing the growing issues that they face daily.  We hope that you are as excited as we are about the impending return of our beloved “Girl Talk” Conference where women, young and old, are given a vehicle to educate, encourage and empower one another. 

What is Girl Talk?

The “Girl Talk” Conference is a gender specific conference engaging young ladies from at-risk communities.    This daylong event features workshops on issues that are relevant to young ladies, catered meals that encourage good nutrition, opportunities to engage in positive interaction with other women of various backgrounds, a keynote speaker to share a powerful and relatable story, an exhibit hall filled with resource providers to share information specific to women’s needs, entertainment, and a town hall style meeting that will allow participants to engage in good ole fashioned “girl talk!”  In addition to these items, an attempt is made to pair each willing and desiring young lady with a mentor-for-a-day who will engage them in an exciting and worthwhile one day mentoring experience with the potential to open the door to a long-standing mentoring relationship.

The “Girl Talk” Conference is rooted in love and sisterhood.  A love for our younger sisters and a desire to share with them the legacy of sisterhood that comes from establishing and maintaining lasting relationships with women young and old.  The initial vision of “Girl Talk” derived from seeing the decline of the young ladies of our community first hand and the desire to begin an educational process that could help them positively transform their beings.  “Girl Talk” has historically been held on the third Saturday in March, in honor of Women’s History Month. 

 How Can You Get Involved?

In many ways!  To make “Girl Talk” a success the following are needed:

  • Monetary donations
  • Product donations for gift bags
  • Volunteers
  • Mentors
  • Workshop facilitators
  • Service/resource providers (to host information tables)
  • Ideas, and
  • Planners to serve on the voluntary planning committee

We are currently in the initial planning stages.  To date, a hard date or location has not been set.  As additional details become available, we will share them via Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact and the ERCPCP website at www.ercpcp.org.  If you are not yet following us, be sure to do so now.  You don’t want to miss out on this amazing experience!

For additional questions about the conference or if you find yourself led to join our planning committee, please contact D’Sheka Perkins at dperkins@ercpcp.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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