Chicago organization adds local flavor to International Day of the Girl

Chicago Day of the Girl: Moving Beyond the Block Press Release & General Information

The Girls Like Me Project, Inc. will host a local event in honor of the inaugural International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2012. The free event will take place from 5:30-8p at the Africa International House, Inc. located 6200 S. Drexel, Chicago, IL 60637.

October 11, 2012 has been declared International Day of the Girl by the United Nations. On that day, Girls Like Me Project Inc. invites Chicago-area girls to join the collective movement of  millions around the globe to advocate for, as well as, educate girls. This day is also a day to shed light on social and political injustices impacting girls.

“So often, urban girls of color are marginalized and confined,” asserts La’Keisha Gray-Sewell, urban youth advocate and founder of Girls Like Me Project, Inc. “And while their issues are identical to those faced by other oppressed female populations around the globe, urban girls seem to be disconnected from the global conversation on empowerment. As stakeholders, it is time for their voices to be included in this movement.”

Locally, the Girls Like Me Project, Inc. is set to host Chicago Day of the Girl: Moving Beyond the Block, an event that celebrates Chicago’s inner-city girls and advocates for their success beyond the myriad of injustices they face including poverty; environmental, education and health inequities; media stereotypes; and violence among others.

The event will convene a group of inner city girls ages 13-18 to build community through thought-provoking programming which will feature information and resource sharing, food, interactive fun games, video presentation and discussions, as well as intentional engagement with prospective adult mentors.

Windy City CARES Mentoring Affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement has partnered with GLMPI to recruit adult mentors for Chicago area girls during the event.

Media are invited to attend and cover as a feature. Lots of photography opportunities. Follow event on Twitter using hashtag #DayofthegirlChi. For more information about Chicago Day of the Girl: Moving Beyond the Block, please email GLM@lakeishagraysewell.com or call 773.599.3490.

About Girls Like Me Project,Inc.
GLMPI turns girls into leaders, legacy-builders and global change agents. With a focus on inner-city girls ages 11-18, GLMPI programs help them think critically about the world around them and prepares them to overcome socio-economic challenges like poverty, violence, low self esteem, teen pregnancy, poor school performance, and truancy to name a few.

About Windy City CARES Mentoring Affiliate
Windy City CARES Circle of the National Cares Mentoring, Inc. is committed to recruiting mentors with a goal of connecting them to engagement opportunities that positively impact the lives of underserved youth in the Chicago-land area and ultimately reverse at-risk behaviors as well as trends in illiteracy, dropout, and teen pregnancy rates.

Visit dayofthegirl.org to find background information about International Day of the Girl. Also view the official U.N Day of the Girl resolution here.

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