The National Girls Self-Esteem Program
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G-SEP Leadership Team
Miss Kandice-Youth Self-Esteem Program Director
Ms. NaTalia Johnson
Ms. Anna Mentor/Spokes-model
Ms. Keisha Guild President
Ms. Genoa Guild President Emeritus
Ms. Shalandra Holland-Jackson
West Coast Regional Director
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In November 2010 the first G-SEP Mentor's meeting was held in Sacramento, CA. Women from California, Missouri, Texas and Nevada came together for a brain storming workshop to answer the call to "Do something."
2013 G-SEP Do Something Initiative:
In 2013 at the National Girls Self-Esteem Programs Director's meeting, G-SEP Director Kandice Kelly urged the women in attendance "Do Something".
"I'm so tired of these $5,000 grant At-Risk-Youth programs, that are supposed to be for our community. Ladies I'm talking about programs that measure success by the amount of grant money or donations they can pocket. If we'd spend more time on creating quality programming for our kids, and less time peddling for donations in the names of our kids, we would not be in the state of emergency we're in today. Ladies, we have representatives from the East Coast, South and West Coast today. We've brought you here to ask you to "Do something." Why?
I was inspired to just "Do Something" when I went to a community event which was supposed to be the finale of a summer at-risk-youth program. The director had gotten a $5,000 to provide a program for teens in a particular housing community for the summer. The finale consisted of a talent show. Upon talking to the teens in the show, I learned that none of them even knew they were in a teen program sponsored by the city. In fact most said they came because they saw a sign in their housing complex advertising a talent show.
Before it was over, a group of girls from rival gangs had gotten into a scuffle, and I had been run over by a group of angry teens as I ran for my life. I realized then that I had to "Do something." Sitting back and complaining wasn't cutting it anymore. As I did my research I learned that money was available for youth programs, however in order to secure most funds, I would have to label the very kids I was compelled to reach out to as "At-Risk", "Low Income, and "Under-served." That insulted me, because many kids come from loving homes where the only obstacle is the assumption that they are at-risk, under-served or in jeopardy of going to prison or being a mother prematurely.
I invested my personal savings, and together with the Fathers Resource Center, we charted the Girls Self-Esteem And Youth Self-Esteem Program. With the help of parents who meet their financial obligations of approximately $10.00 per class, we've built a youth mentoring program that sustains itself. As a result a handful of sponsors and donors have stepped forward. This is what will happen with your G-SEP Chapters are "Doing something". It doesn't have to be a trip to Australia, it can be a trip to the zoo. It doesn't have to be a production on a big stage, it can be a poetry reading at the library. We need you ladies, to be our G-SEP Mentors and Directors. We need you to Do Something."
Kandice Kelly November 12-Sacramento, CA
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