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April 20, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Juvenile Justice Commission
- Howard L. Beyer, Executive Directo


Sharon Lauchaire


A Celebration of Womanhood
Conference for Young Women

CHERRY HILL - The second of two regional Celebration of Womanhood conferences will be held Thursday, April 21, 2005 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Cherry Hill. A similar conference was held in the northern part of the state on Saturday, April16 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). More than 325 participants are scheduled to attend. (agenda and directions)

The conferences are coordinated by the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission through the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee. The JJC, which is the designated planning authority for the allocation of federal grant funds, works with the JJDP Committee to identify appropriate programs, award funds and monitor success. The JJDP Committee is responsible for the distribution of more than $3 million annually in federal grants to local and state agencies to reduce delinquency and create local delinquency prevention programs. The conferences are being coordinated by the JJDP Committee’s Young Women's Action Agenda subcommittee.

“The New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission recognizes the distinct needs of female juveniles around the state. We know that if we can provide them with the tools and skills to overcome challenges, they have a much better chance of staying in school and growing up to be successful members of their communities,” said Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director, Juvenile Justice Commission. “This conference is designed to provide female juveniles with the tools and the resources they need to mature into successful and confident young women.”

The southern conference is being sponsored, in part, My Daughter's Keeper, Inc. (MDK, a non-profit educational and self development organization based in Central New Jersey. It provides support and resources to mothers/caregivers and their daughters (ages 8-19) and strives to make positive impacts on the lives of women and girls throughout New Jersey.

This year’s theme, “Life’s Ingredients: A Recipe for Success,” combines topics such as healthy lifestyles and relationships, parenting, positive body image/self-esteem, the effects and consequences of gang violence, and money management. These conferences are designed to empower and raise the self-esteem of New Jersey's juvenile females, while at the same time providing them with the resources needed to make responsible decisions.

For more information, please contact Danielle Hill at 609-341-3805. On the day of the event, please call Kylthia Roberts at 609-284-2790.

Realizing Potential & Changing Futures

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Conference Agenda

9:30 a.m. -
Welcome Remarks

9:45 a.m. -
The Clothesline Project Presentation
JJC’s Juvenile Female Secure Care and Intake Unit

10:00 a.m. -
Morning Plenary Session
Terry Harrak, Child Welfare League of America

11:15 a.m. -
Morning Workshops

12:20 p.m. -
Afternoon Workshops

1:30 p.m. -
Lucheon Presentation
Syreeta Scott, Founder, Dua-fe Holistic Hair Care, Philadelphia. Ms. Scott is the natural hair care stylist for some of the Delaware Valley's famous musicians such as: Jill Scott, Kindred the Family Soul, and author, Sonia Sancehz. She will be speaking about empowering girls to build their strengths and capitalize on their talents. She will also speak on entrepreneurship.

  • A. The Secrets of Womanhood (girls only): When will you begin young adulthood? Are
    you protecting your body or is it on shaky ground? (Not open to the press)
  • B. It’s a Different World: Do you want to know what it takes to become successful in life? Come and begin your own recipe for success. Presenters: Cicely Caldwell, Yunica Bailey, Cherelle Smith, and JaNeen Vinson, Mercy Me Outreach.
  • C. What’s Love Got to Do With It? Have you ever heard the words, “I’m sorry” and “I will never do it again”? If you feel enough is enough, come to this workshop. Presenters: Stephanie Clark, Director, My Daughter’s Keeper, Inc. and Juli Harpell-Elam, Jersey Battered Women’s Services.
  • D. It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Do you want to know what teenage motherhood is about? Come to this workshop and get the answers to your questions and more. Presenters: Damianniris and Magdalena, Teen Mothers, Zakkiyyah Sally, Parent Linking Project, Passaic High School.
  • E. Just Because You are Serving Girls Does Not Mean Girls are Being Served (adults only): Learn why girls need different services than boys. Presenter: Danielle Hill, Gender Specific Services Coordinator, Juvenile Justice Commission.
  • F. Be Fine in Your Mind: Come and discover the secrets of inner beauty and its affect on the outer you. Presenter: Katrina Parker, Success in the Word Worship Center.
  • G. Keeping it Gangsta: The Real Deal (adults only): Learn how communities suffer from the affects of crime and gang violence. Presenter: Keisha Trotman and Perri Arnaldy, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • H. Got My Mind on My Money and My Money on My Mind: Get smart about money management. Presenters: Patricia Neleson, VP, Market Manager, Newark Branches, PNC Bank and Theresa DeLeon, VP & Client Advisor for PNC Advisors, PNC Bank.
  • I. Can’t We All Just Get Along?: True Colors. Discover what makes you tick and why others sometimes drive you wild. (This is a two-part workshop that will have a morning and afternoon session). Presenter: Mary Ritcher, JJC.
  • J. All Girls Can: This intergenerational panel will share experiences of how they overcame difficulties. Presenters: Rev. Wynni Deans, Sparrow Ministries and Katie, former JJC resident.
Directions to Conference

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
Cherry Hill, NJ

  • From New York via NJ Turnpike:
    Exit 4 - Route 73 North to I-295 South - Exit 34B. Hotel is located 100 yards from exit on Route 70.
  • From Philadelphia, PA via Tacony Palmyra Bridge:
    Follow Route 73 South to I-295 South to Exit 34B. Hotel is located 100 yards from exit on Route 70.
  • From Philadelphia, PA via Walt Whitman Bridge:
    Follow Route 76 East to I-295 North to Exit 34B. Hotel is located 100 yards from exit on Route 70.
  • From Philadelphia, PA via Ben Franklin Bridge:
    Follow Route 30 East to Route 70 East. Hotel is located approximately 5 miles on the left-hand side of Route 70 and I-295. Make a right on to Covered Bridge Road jug handle and cross Route 70 to hotel.
  • From Philadelphia, PA Airport:
    Take I-95 North to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Follow Route 76 East to I-295 North. Take Exit 34B. Hotel is located 100 yards from exit on Route 70.
  • From Pennsylvania, via Commodore-Barry Bridge:
    After crossing bridge, follow signs to I-295 North. Follow I-295 North to Exit 34B. Hotel is located 100 yards from exit on Route 70.
  • From Washington, DC/Maryland/Delaware:
    Take I-95 North to Delaware Memorial Bridge. After crossing bridge, take I-295 North towards Trenton. Follow I-295 North to Exit 34B. Hotel is located 100 yards from exit on Route 70.
>> Conference Directions
>> Conference Agenda
>> A Celebration of Womanhood conference brochure (723k pdf - pdf plugin)

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