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Women of the Dream to Host First-Ever Teen Girl Summit in Camden, NJ

The inaugural event will gather 250 girls for a day of workshops and mentorship

Camden, NJ – February 27, 2015 – Women of the Dream (WOD), a national nonprofit empowering young African-American women, will host the 2015 Teen Girl Summit: Camden Girls on the Road to Success on Saturday, March 21st at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ.

The inaugural event will gather 250 girls from schools, churches and organizations throughout the Camden, NJ area including Camden High School, Woodrow Wilson High School, the Rutgers Future Scholars program, and Camden Center for Youth Development. The participants, primarily African-American girls ages 13-18, will enjoy a day of workshops, mentorship and fun with discussions on teen pregnancy prevention, healthy relationships, setting high expectations, health and wellness, and more. Parents and other adult attendees are also able to participate in the 2015 Teen Girl Summit with workshops on topics including improving communication and family relationships, mental health in the black community and financial literacy.

MC’ed by 16-year old Camden High School student Maggie Battle, the 2015 Teen Girl Summit begins with opening remarks by The Honorable Dana Redd, Mayor of the City of Camden, NJ and words of motivation and affirmations from Author, Motivational Speaker and Certified Life Coach, Caryl Lucas. Special guest speakers include Susan L. Taylor, Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and Founder/CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement, followed by youth speaker Sharnice Jones, author of Success before Sex and founder of Success 1st, and Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. Campbell is the primary funder of the Women of the Dream organization.

Launched in May 2014 at Campbell Soup Company headquarters, the mission of Women of the Dream is to educate and empower African-American girls to make healthy choices by providing personal growth and development services through one-on-one and group mentoring, workshops, and career development programs. “A broad array of indicators point with alarming consistency to the nature of the problems facing African-American and other minority youth today,” said Leslie Morris, Founder and Executive Director of Women of the Dream and the author of a book entitled, “How Ya Like Me Now!” where she chronicles her own life journey as a Black girl growing up in a single-parent household in public housing. “We want to teach young women how to fight these various issues at an early age and offer insight from successful women who once faced similar hardships.”

While a majority of nonprofits with similar missions focus on empowering students who are already on the path to success, Women of the Dream focuses on those in more dire need of assistance, guidance and education. Due to the organization’s dedication to community and empowering the leaders of tomorrow, Women of the Dream has received grants from the Campbell Soup Company, PSEG Foundation, The Nicholson Foundation, and sponsorship dollars from the New Jersey Education Association, and The Wealthy Women Club.

For more information about Women of the Dream and the 2015 Teen Girl Summit: Camden Girls on the Road to Success, visit www.womenofthedream.org.

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About Women of the Dream

The Women of the Dream, Inc. aims to provide programs and resources that will meet the needs and challenges of African-American girls, and prepare them for personal, career, and economic success. The mission for Women of the Dream is to educate and empower African-American girls to make healthy choices in every aspect of their lives by providing personal growth and development services through one-on-one and group mentoring, workshops, and career development programs; to provide the highest quality services to enable African-American girls to achieve their fullest potential and lead purposeful, healthy lives.

Women of the Dream to Empower Young African-American Women

This national nonprofit will educate and empower teenage minority girls to make healthy life
choices.

Camden, NJ – February 26, 2014 – Women of the Dream, a national nonprofit that aims to empower young African-American women, will launch on May 2nd with a day of workshops and discussions at Campbell Soup Company headquarters in Camden, NJ.

The mission of Women of the Dream is to educate and empower African-American girls to make healthy choices in every aspect of their lives by providing personal growth and evelopment services through one-on-one and group mentoring, workshops, and career development programs.

Women of the Dream launches this year with an initial group of 20 African-American teen girls from Camden High School who will benefit from programming and services that Women of the Dream will offer. While other nonprofits with similar missions focus on empowering students who are already on the path to success, Women of the Dream will focus on those in more dire need of assistance, guidance and education.

The first cohort, 20 teen girls who will be present at the May 2nd launch event, are being hand-picked by Women of the Dream’s Executive Director, Leslie Morris, and the guidance counselors in their schools. “While it’s important to include girls who are doing well academically and socially, it’s also important to include girls who are struggling, or looked down upon, or trying to get through high school while shouldering the responsibilities of a child,” said Morris. “They are struggling and need a hand to lift them up.” Morris is the author of a book entitled, “How Ya Like Me Now!” where she chronicles her own life journey as a black girl growing up in a single-parent household in public housing.

Women of the Dream’s mission grew out of a conversation between two high school classmates at their reunion. Campbell Soup Company President and CEO Denise Morrison and Simmons alumna Leslie Morris attended Long Branch High School together in Monmouth County, New Jersey. In conversation with Morris regarding her time at Simmons, Morrison shared how she had worked with other Simmons graduates including Ann Brown Fudge and Paula Sneed. Morrison noted that many successful black women have come out of Simmons College and Morris began her quest to find out how other women could be similarly empowered.

In June 2012, 32 African-American women graduates representing Simmons College class years 1965-79 met at the Campbell Soup Company headquarters in Camden, NJ. This Women of the Dream focus group participated in guided discussions on their beginnings, their experiences at a predominantly white women’s college during the Civil Rights movement, the challenges and successes of their personal and professional lives and how their stories can be used to guide a new generation of African-American girls.

Following the success of the initial focus group, a survey was developed to expand the findings of the June convening, and was disseminated to nearly 200 Black women graduates of the 1965-79 classes. More than 50 percent responded to questions about the people and factors that most contributed to their personal and career success. The results of the survey were presented at the Simmons College Black Symposium on April 13, 2013.

For more information about Women of the Dream, visit www.womenofthedream.org.

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About Women of the Dream

The Women of the Dream, Inc. aims to provide programs and resources that will meet the needs and challenges of African-American girls, and prepare them for personal, career, and economic success. The mission for Women of the Dream is to educate and empower African-American girls to make healthy choices in every aspect of their lives by providing personal growth and development services through one-on-one and group mentoring, workshops, and career development programs; to provide the highest quality services to enable African-American girls to achieve their fullest potential and lead purposeful, healthy lives.