2017 Summit Workshops

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4th Annual See the Girl Summit: Listen to my story; it will change you.



The Importance of Intersectionality in Research and Policy – C. Nicole Mason
Author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America, C. Nicole Mason talks about her own experience as a girl and her path out of poverty.


“Listen to my story, it will change you.” This quote from an incarcerated young woman serves as the organizing theme for our fourth annual See the Girl Summit. Come join the dialogue and learn best-practices and leading edge research from nationally renowned experts. Together we will explore how we listen to girls and how our listening impacts work in three tracks;  Research, Girl-Centered Direct Service and Advocacy.

Ten CEUs are available for participants who attend the entire summit.


Track 1 – Research

It’s All or Nothing: An Introduction to the Intersectional Approach to Social & Policy Change – C. Nicole Mason (Day 1)
This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the Intersectional Approach to Social & Policy Change. Specifically, participants will have the opportunity to better understand the impact of implicit bias on outcomes for girls; identify the institutional and structural barriers to success and opportunities for girls; learn how to incorporate racial equity and intersectional frameworks into programmatic and systems change work.

What Do Girls Know, and How Can We Use it to Make Change? – C. Nicole Mason (Day 2)
In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to better understand how narratives and stories rooted in the lived experiences of young women and girls can be used to build stronger programs and prompt systems change.

The School to Prison Pipeline: Black Girls’ Experiences with Push out in Schools and Criminalization in Community – Aishatu Yusuf (Day 1)
Black girls have become collateral damage to disproportionate school push-out, mass incarceration, poor education, violence and job insecurities. This workshop will share stories of black girls’ experiences in schools and will challenge participants to think about ways that schools and communities “push out” and sometimes criminalize normal behaviors. Discussion guides will help participants explore their own biases and assumptions as we implement policy and practice. Research on the latest trends and dialogue across the country will be presented including alternative approaches to stop the push out of black girls from our communities.

You are not A Black Girl: Understanding and Co-Constructing the De-Criminalization of Black girls in Schools – Aishatu Yusuf (Day 2)
Building from “The School to Prison Pipeline” workshop on Thursday, This session will challenge participants to examine their own narratives and beliefs about school discipline, criminalization and the impacts of trauma on Black girls.  Ways to create co-constructed pathways forward will be explored.

The Science of Listening: Translating Research to Practice – Vanessa Patino Lydia
This workshop invites participants to look at the various ways their agencies/organizations include girls in their data collection.  Practices will be shared on how to ensure girls’ voices and experiences are not only gathered as part of data, but are also applied in practice. This workshop will present various case studies of collecting and applying girl-centered data to impact change.  Based on what we learn through data, how can we shift our practices to be responsive to girls?

Track 2 – Girl-Centered Direct Service

Don’t Judge Me by the Chapter You Walked In On – Vicky Basra and Dr. Lawanda Ravoira
This call to action by a young woman in the justice system underscores the importance of promoting girl-centered practices in our policies, processes and programs. Three core principles of girl-centered practice: girls as experts, mutuality and honoring the lived experiences of girls, will be explored. Join this discussion-based workshop to learn how to implement the key elements of girl-centered practice in day to day interactions with girls.

Trauma-Informed Yoga – Rebecca Epstein and Thailia González
Based on the new report from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, co-authored by the presenters, trauma-informed yoga can help girls in the juvenile justice system boost self-esteem and self-regulation. Learn how increasing girls’ access to trauma-informed yoga offers an alternative path of healing for girls who have experienced trauma.

Listening to Her Story: Transformative Narratives Model – Yvette Hyater-Adams
Participants will learn to use written, spoken and visual narratives as strategies to heal, create and grow the talent living in individuals and systems. Learn how to use literary arts and cultural analysis along with creative writing for social change, justice and transformation. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to develop programming that strengthens women and girls’ personal growth and leadership through the transformative narratives model.

Track 3 – Advocacy

Getting the Story Right: Engaging Media Through a Girl-Centered Lens – Alyssa Beck, Aerien Mull, Tessa Duvall (facilitated by Tayloe McDonald)
Join award-winning journalists and communication strategists for a panel discussion on how to ensure the story of girls and your girl-serving organization is communicated accurately and respectfully. How does our messaging about girls communicate our values and beliefs? How do we partner with girls to create marketing campaigns? How do we ensure girls narratives are honored in interviews and in the media? What does it mean to have a girl-centered approach when developing communication strategies for girl-serving organizations?

Girl-Centered Fundraising – Tayloe McDonald
Funding is critical to systemic reform. How do we engage and honor girls as equal partners in fundraising efforts? How might a traditional approach to fundraising undermine our efforts? This workshop will explore practical approaches on girl-centered fundraising. If you never knew there was such a thing- this workshop is for you.

Honoring Her Story: Trauma-Informed Method of Engagement for Youth Advocacy – Kristin Murray
How do you prepare a young person to share their story to a large audience? The Trauma-Informed Method of Engagement (TIME) model created by by Debra Cady and Eric Lulow is designed to guide supportive adults to effectively engage, prepare, support and follow up with youth publicly taking on advocacy work. Learn best practices for creating opportunities for youth to grow personally and professionally while minimizing negative impacts. The TIME model is relationally-based, trauma-informed and has implications for the development of self-efficacy in young adults.


30-minute Break Out Sessions (during lunch)

4her Programming presented by Baptist Health

  • Quit the Sit: Surprising Ways to add more movement to life
    Let’s look at fitness options as well as simple ways to increase movement and balance into activity all day long.
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries:
    Just like fences, everyone should have boundaries to let in the good and keep out the bad. Learn some simple strategies for using boundaries at work and home.
  • Battle of the Blazzz: Where did all my energy go?
    Fighting daytime fatigue, low energy and hormonal changes while incorporating strategies for better sleep health
  • Making Yourself a Priority
    Carving out time for you is an integral part of living a healthy, whole and balanced life. Scheduling “me time” provides an opportunity to reflect, rewind, and counteract the stress and intensity of life. Join in for a discussion on why making yourself a priority is so important and how you can achieve “me time” to maintain your health.


Financial Health and Well-Being – Alicia Somers with Regions Bank

Note: CEU’s will not be offered for break out sessions.




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