The Girls With Gifts Inc. mentoring program continues to inspire girls around the nation. The bi-coastal mentoring organization, whose motto is “inspired to inspire” will host their first annual Atlanta edition of their Charity Bowling Event on Sunday, Sept.18, 2016. The fundraising event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bowlmor Atlanta bowling alley, located at 2175 Savoy Dr., Atlanta, 30341.The celebrity filled event will include entertainment industry notables such as record producer and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox, rapper, radio and TV personality Ed Lover, Philadelphia 76er Rob Covington, Rasheeda of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” and photographer to the stars Derek Blanks.
The GWG bi-coastal program has active chapters in Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Flint, Michigan. Earlier this summer, the Flint-based program hosted its program for girls ages 11-18 from inner-city or low-income homes who also have an interest in the arts and entertainment industry.
Following the mantra “Reach Back, Pull Forward,” the Flint chapter celebrated approximately a dozen young ladies as they took them through a summer program filled with special experiences. These experiences included sessions where the ladies interacted with their peers, mentors and career professionals. They were provided guidance and free resources that included talent-specific training, workshops that were geared to help them build and promote proper etiquette and boost self-esteem. They also attended field trips that served as tangible evidence that their dreams are indeed possible. The summer program aimed to tap into the young ladies talents and inspire them to unwrap their gifts and share their “presents” with the world.
Some of the sessions that the participants included a vision board workshop that helped them to map our their dreams and visions, voice and acting lessons from the Flint Youth Theater, an etiquette workshop taught by TeenQuest Career Consultants, and also a trip to their local TV station NBC25/FOX66 where the girls practiced their reporting skills via a mock news story. The program culminated with the girls providing community service at the North End Soup Kitchen on Saturday and their finale celebration on Sunday where the girls were able to showcase all of their “gifts” they learned throughout the program to their families and friends.
Check out the pictures below to see how the girls spent their week. And be sure to support GWG’s first annual fundraising event in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.
Photos credit: Instagram – @girlswithgifts