Check out these highlights from our 2012 Girl Talk Conference - Beautifully and Wonderfully Made: Mind, Body & Soul! Join us next year as we mix generations to educate and empower the young ladies of our community!
About the Girl Talk Conference
In an attempt to address the issues facing young ladies in east of the river communities, ERCPCP partnered with several community organizations to present “Girl Talk” A Conference for Young Ladies.
The first annual “Girl Talk” conference was hosted on Saturday, March 27, 2004 in honor of Women’s History Month. The all-day Saturday event was aimed at empowering young women by providing pathways to build positive self-esteem and enhance independent thinking through dynamic, energetic and fun workshops, group sessions and just plain ole “Girl Talk...” Further, each young woman was given the opportunity to sign up for a Mentor-for-a-day who would engage that young woman in a one day mentoring experience with the possibility of maintaining a continued relationship.
Born of that conference was Man 2 Man, A Conference for Young Men, the male counterpart to the “Girl Talk” conference.
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 2012
This “Girl Talk” Season was kicked off with two very special events! ERCPCP hosted “Girl Talk” with Toya Carter: An Intimate Conversation on Thursday, May 26, 2011. These two special sessions were held at Anacostia Senior High School and the Anacostia Community Museum respectively and gave hundreds of young ladies from the east of the river community an opportunity to dialogue with a figure that they could both admire and relate to.
Ms. Carter, Star of BET's Toya Carter "A Family Affair" and author of "Priceless Inspirations", very openly shared her story of trial and triumph with our young ladies who were eager to both dialogue with Ms. Carter and share their own personal experiences. This official "kick-off" to the “Girl Talk” Conference season previewed some of the wonderful topics that we plan to explore with our young ladies at the upcoming “Girl Talk” Conference!
The 2012 “Girl Talk” Conference: Beautifully and Wonderfully Made: Mind, Body and Soul took place on March 24, 2012 at Anacostia Senior High School. It was an amazing day and we're very excited to see all that the next Girl Talk Conference will have in store!
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How can you get involved?
Well… we’re glad you asked! There are several opportunities for community members, groups and organizations like you to become involved. To make the conference a success, ERCPCP is in need of the following:
- Planning Committee Members
- Information Table Exhibitors
- Workshop Facilitators
- Product Donors
- Financial Sponsors
- In-kind professional services: photographer, videographer, DJ, graphic designer, other (please use the volunteer form to specify)
For more information on the "Girl Talk" Conference, please contact
D'Sheka Perkins, Deputy Director of Operations