Empowering Young Women for Change

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How To Be A Girl: 2021 program outline:

This year our theme is to help our girls “Find Their Word”. To let go of the negative situations, friends, feelings or past situations that keep them from becoming the strong amazing women they will be! On the final day each girl will  present “their word” to the audience.

Sunday programming: 5 Minutes of Fame: A group of 20 women from all walks of life will join us for “ 5 Minutes of Fame” where each woman will share with the girls their “Ah Ha! “ moment. The event in their life that lead to change. They will hear ideas, inspiration and hopefully realize the many professions that can lead to “finding your voice”

She-preneur! Entrepreneur the HTBG way! Lead by Radio Veteran and Artist Renee Taylor, the young women will have a chance to choose from 2 different items to make for sale on the final day. Girls will learn how to make soap and learn to express themselves through painting. The techniques used will show the girls that having a home business at their age can happen! How many different scents of soap are there? How do I create different styles in art? ?How do I keep an account of what I sell? Do I need a resale license? How old do you have to be to have one? How do I sell online?Step by step instruction and completion of product will happen during HTBG 2021!

HTBG Sports: 2021 is the return of Volleyball.   Coach McCann will introduce the sport of volleyball! Basic techniques, game rules and team competition will take place. Coach Wendy McCann arrives from Michigan to coach and lead our girls!

The HTBG curriculum includes: classes in public speaking, writing, etiquette,financial literacy, writing skills, communication skills, social media training, hair, makeup, walking, talking, Girl 101 (where do I shut off the water at my house in an emergency? What is shelter in place? ) All the essential tools for navigating the life of a girl. The girls also prepare for a final day fashion show and public speaking presentation where each girl will read their personal statement out loud to the audience.

Final Day Stage Presentation:

Professional hair and makeup artists prepare our girls for the final show! After being taught how to work a runway, our girls present three looks to the audience and this year will cap it off with “their word”which each girl will choose. This word will represent who they are or what/ show they strive to be. A professional photographer takes head shots of each girl and they will leave with a 4×6 copy. Final achievement awards are presented as well. HTBG 2021 gifts:Every girl leaves with a backpack full of school supplies, female hygiene kits, various books for inspiration, a HTBG T-shirt and an Original Girl T-shirt. (Original Girl shirts are given on Sunday and need to be worn for volleyball on Tuesday)

Testemony from previous HTBG graduates on what the camp meant to them”

R.Smith: “One of the many reasons I was drawn to How to Be A Girl summer camp was the way in which I have seen the women in the organization dedicated to service and leadership. Not only are the women of How to Be A Girl invested in the communities and lives they serve, but clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. After learning about a range of programs addressing education, economic development, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family. I knew. How to Be A Girl was for me. Most of my life and journey has been enriched by others pouring into me to or me pouring into lives of others, which directly align with the summer program”

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