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First Annual Young Women's Possibilities Conference Meets at Hampton University to Help Young Women Who Have Experienced Foster Care Learn Leadership Skills
08/14/2019 - #26

HAMPTON, Va. (August 14, 2019) –In partnership with the Hampton University director of Film Studies, Eleanor Earl, Connect With a Wish and Foster Focus Films, the first annual Young Women’s Possibilities Conference 2019 took place inside the Student Center on Thursday, August 8, to help young women who have experienced foster care cultivate their leadership skills.

During this one-day leadership conference, young women aged 17-21 who have experienced foster care, were invited to hear from speakers, learn leadership skills and experience fellowship and sisterhood.

“The whole idea of bringing you here today is that we want to embrace you, uplift you, let you know you are beautiful and that we want the best for you. We’re happy that you’re here and we are here for you today,” said Jocelyn A. Scott from Foster Focus Films while she was welcoming the young women to the Conference.

One of the workshop sessions was a presentation from Hampton University alumna, Lisa Beal (c/o 1987), who is a Genealogist, and spoke to the young women about the different types of DNA testing, reasons to test, and even had genealogical tests available that the women could actually take at the Conference.

“We make choices and we are in control of who we are. Part of the genealogy story and what the DNA does is it gives you some tools that you can make choices about finding out, not who you are culturally, but who you are from a heritage perspective, and no one can take that away from you,” said Beal.

There was also a workshop about education and career advice which afforded the young women with some opportunities to learn about local programs that can help them get ready for college and to go out into the working world.

The keynote speaker was Cordelia Cranshaw, Miss District of Columbia USA 2019. Cranshaw is a former foster youth and now a foster system advocate; motivational speaker; and Licensed Graduate Social Worker. Four years ago, she founded a nonprofit organization, Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), a program that provides programs and resources to children and families facing life challenges that include incarcerated parents, homelessness and foster care.

This Conference was such a success that the organizers plan to make it a yearly event.

For more information about the Young Women’s Possibilities Conference, please contact Jocelyn A. Scott at jociescott@gmail.com.

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