“Relationships, Exposure, and Experience,” Youth Leadership Conference

Empowering young women to become leaders was the focus of the 5th annual leadership conference in Camden, New Jersey this weekend. I had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the “I Dare To Care” Mentoring To The 3rd-Degree program on Saturday.

The event is co-sponsored by the Rutgers Camden Women’s Law Caucus. The conference gives teens and young women in the Tri-State area an opportunity to interact, encouraging positive leadership and growth that the founder says impacts and influences not only the young women’s lives, but the lives of their families, friends and larger community.

I spoke on their theme – “Empowered 2 Be: Building a Legacy that has Generational Impact!” Drawing on my own experiences, I shared how my parents and grandparents led by example as leaders in their communities by mentoring and helping others throughout their charitable and civic involvement.

In my speech, I said “to the youth who are here – I truly urge you to take in all the knowledge, support and opportunities afforded you and use it to take flight. But, don’t forget the community or the people who have helped you in the process. The power behind strong generational legacies is that they keep regenerating and giving back.”

Among those honored at the event include: Ms. Tawanda Green-Jones of Camden Sophisticated Sisters (CSS); Ms. Corinne Powers-Bailey of Corinne’s Place, Ms. June McCoy Reid of Camden Board of Education, School Based Youth Services; Ms. Tracy Medley of Millennium Skate World, Ms. Shenille Latrice of iChoose2live, Mr. Felix James of Camden Center for Youth Development and Ms. Caress Green of Ms. Camden Teen Pageant.

For more information on “I Dare To Care” go to: http://www.id2c.org/

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