For grades 6-12
June 9 & 10, 2018
To EMPOWER Black girls to connect their identity with history, to EMBRACE and foster positive relationships with other Black girls, and to EXALT the skin they’re in.
This conference will encourage unity, self-confidence, and a broader awareness of the power of media and the harmful messages that may affect their self-image and self-esteem so that she will create a life by design, not by default.
The universal theme of the Beautiful Me Girls Conference will be discussed through our four core workshops that include: Healthy Relationships/Mental Health, Sexual Health, Racism and Social Injustice, and Self-Esteem and the impact of media. Through providing a safe and nurturing environment, we will create intergenerational dialogue and honest discussions that will help young girls realize their infinite potential as leaders. We will use the award winning independent documentary “Beautiful Me” as a catalyst.
The Beautiful Me documentary was created to lift up black girls who struggle to embrace their beauty, to validate them, to provide a safe space for an honest conversation, and to celebrate black identity. This documentary seeks to bring light to the devastation black girls and women experience because of the globalized narrative of pale-skinned, blue-eyed, blonde haired beauty and debunk the traditional American, media-driven dehumanization and sexualization of the African-American female.
A 2016 report published by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality called Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls Childhood (Epstein et al.) found adults, “view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers, especially in the age range of 5-14. Furthermore, they view that Black girls need less nurturing, protection, and support and are more independent may translate into fewer leadership and mentorship opportunities in schools.” We believe this extends to fewer positive opportunities overall.
Attendance of the conference will include:
All participants will receive breakfast and lunch both days, a t-shirt and swag bag.