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.
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.
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, email@example.com.