GfG Youth Leadership Conference for Girls - Born to Lead, Born to Succeed!
Young ladies from in and around Westchester County and the Bronx participated in learning sessions facilitated by visionary women who are leaders in their fields. With a focus on the qualities and characteristics of effective leaders, each of these women provided insight into an area or skill exhibited by great leaders. The activities provided were intense and inter-active.
Held at Pace University's Pleasantville Campus, this event was opened by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. She talked about her journey, the importance of never giving up, and having a vision for your future. Each of the visionary women who followed over the course of the three days were magnificent!
Included was Shannon Alomar, Ms Black New York, who focused on Overcoming Your Fears.
Student Visual Artist, Maya Cole engaged the girls in an activity around Perseverance. Dara Pinkston-Scott, Sales Director at Mary Kaye, did a role play on Developing Trust.
Gloria Cunningham, Founder & CEO of The Ambitious Soul had the girls doing deep breathing exercises and focused on Mindfulness. Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Deborah Matthews shared her experiences and encouraged the girls to continuing Pursuing Your Passion. Alexa Pozniak, Coordinating Producer at CNBC, honed in on Effective Communication Strategies and how to unapologetically get your point across.
Our moderator, Yvette Miller, Founder of Untethered, LLC, provided additional insights and ensured that everything flowed as the girls made connections from one workshop to the next.
Why this event? Our young people have so much to offer! Their perspectives need to be heard and ideas about impactful change should be supported. Educator Charlette Finch guided the girls through a SMART Goals session as they designed their individual leadership projects - to be completed by March 2020.
Projects they are considering are include Gun Violence Awareness, Health & Wellness, Animal Shelters, Working with Special Needs Children, Domestic Violence, Gardening, Co-ed Sports, Mental Illness, Teen Mentoring, and Increasing Happiness.
GfG Staff will continue to provide support as the girls complete their projects. Stay tuned for greatness from our young girls who are Born to Lead, Born to Succeed!
Career Fair & Expo for Girls: Visionary Women - Learning, Leading, Lifting!
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 G.O.O.D. for Girls, Inc. and WiCys (Women in Cyber Security) sponsored a Career Fair and Expo for Girls: Visionary Women - Learning, Leading, Lifting! Featuring women in under-represented careers, this community event brought together girls and women and provided career options that some had never heard of or thought about. Moderated by Tiffany Hamilton, Chief Diversity Officer for Westchester Community College, the event was a huge success with over 200 girls, mentors and community members in attendance. Represented fields included engineers, photography, law enforcement, health professions, real estate, building trades, digital arts, robotics, dentistry, education, veterinary science...
On January 9, 2019, GfG mentees were excited to be able to witness live, the swearing in of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as the first woman and first African American woman to lead a majority conference in the state Legislature. Effective January 1, 2019, she became the Majority Leader/President of the New York State Senate. This was a momentous occasion for all! Senator Stewart-Cousins is a role model for intelligence and integrity and is an inspiration to so many young girls.
Thank You Senator Stewart-Cousins!
Applying Our Skills
The girls practiced their speaking and leadership skills as they shared information about GfG, Inc. to potential mentors, mentees and supporters at The Greenburgh Taste-Off. They were guests at NYPA to shadow women in under-represented fields and they collected and prepared a clothing donation for Westhab! They were AWESOME!
Exposure is Key
A variety of experiences allow girls to envision possibilities and prepare for their destiny of success. Trips, workshops, community service and other special events help them to think out of the box and see themselves in careers that may not even exist yet! The life style of the Jetsons' cartoon for future generations is more than a reality - it's happening now - smart phones, watches and tv's, autonomous cars, Alexa, drones...
What we've been talking about...
Is Slavery Dead?
The Politics of Hair?
What do great leaders have in common?
Toxic friends - who and why?