Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wichita NAACP partnering with Youthville to host our first annual "New Beginnings" Young Women's retreat

On August 22nd and 23rd, the Wichita Branch NAACP in partnership with Youthville will host a 2-day retreat for 8 teen-mothers between the ages of 14 and 18. The 8 young ladies who will attend this inaugural retreat are just a few of the many youth currently in the foster care/SRS system.

The retreat will focus on teaching life-skills and mentoring and we hope to connect each of the young ladies to role models who they can turn to for advice and counsel long after the retreat has ended.

A very impressive line-up of presenters has been invited to address the young ladies; including our very own Lavonta Williams (Retired Educator, and City Council member), Sandra Rankin (Retired Psychologist), Kenya Cox (Congressional Liaison, Junior League Advocacy and Training committee chair, Dwight D Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Board of Governors, etc...) Melody McCray-Miller (Entrepreneur, and Representative for the 89th District in the Kansas House) and many others...

This event was the brain-child of Ms. Carolyn Wallace and Mary Dean and will be the first of what will become an annual series designed to address the social and family issues facing the African American community.

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