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Girls Leadership Council Kicks Off

Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center | August 15, 2014

This week launched the first meeting of the Girls Leadership Council, a girl-led and girl-focused group that elevates the voices of girls and young women ages 13-21, especially those who have been or are currently involved with the juvenile justice and/or child protection systems. Council members join with a desire to impact change in the community and develop their leadership skills.

The first meeting was light-hearted, interactive and inspiring. The kick-off started with a violin performance by Maia Delegal, an advocacy intern at the Policy Center. After the performance she showed each girl how to hold the violin and even play a few notes. One of the girls enjoyed it so much she wants to take violin lessons.

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Next the girls heard from Settra Lynn Moore of I Am/I Be Inc. Settra talked about her curriculum, “metamorphosis,” designed to empower, build self-esteem and help girls explore their identity. Special guest Erica Winter shared her experience with the program and how building her self-esteem led her to embrace her natural talents, which include singing and balloon art. She’s been so successful that she has opened her own business, Twist n’ Shout Balloon Artistry.

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The Girls Leadership Council will meet once every two weeks for one year, and the next meeting will focus on public speaking, conflict resolution and team-building.

If you’d like to learn more about the Girls Leadership Council, whether it be for membership, presenting or sponsorship contact Biannela Susana,




40 East Adams, Suite 130
Jacksonville, FL 32202