America's Time Out for Youth
What Girls Think What Women Know: A National Dialogue -A Pearls of Women Agenda Initiative-
Join numerous women mentors throughout the nation who use their lives, experiences and wisdom to empower girls and young women for a lifetime.
The Agenda's strength stems from our base of power, which is the women who hold membership status and are deemed the program's POWABASE. The POWABASE 360 is an acronym for Pearls of Women Agenda Business and Social Empowerment. It is a membership based social and business network initiative reserved for a diversity of the country's top influencers from a cross-section of businesses and industries who are passionate about philanthropy, goodwill, and the empowerment of America's girls and young women. While empowering girls, POWABASE 360 also is designed to help a diverse group of women collaborate, build, and maintain an exciting, strong, influential, purposeful social and business base of empowerment with other women of like minds.
The combined voices of both women and girls (with an emphasis on girls and young women ages 12-18, substantiates that authentic, wisdom-based dialogue and mentor driven relationships that occur in safe nurturing, gender-specific environments; contribute greatly to the healthy development and life preparation of girls.
The POWA curriculum consists of innovative, educational, issues driven, life development skills seminars, workshops, and panel discussions. Through creative and positive intergenerational interaction, special events, inspirational, educational, and motivational dialogue; the curriculum is also designed to bring awareness through education to potential life altering struggles and challenges today's girls face. Among them are just a few challenges confirmed by statistics: HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, peer pressure, drug abuse, a barrage of negative images and messages, poor self esteem, obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, problems resulting from absent fathers, teen suicide, adult-level responsibilities, everyday worries and relationships; bullying, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
These struggles and challenges are the impetus for the Pearls of Women Agenda, and why it is our mission to empower girls for a lifetime through the What Girls Think - What Women Know: A National Dialogue sessions, under the auspices of the Pearls of Women Agenda. The Agenda allows both the girls and women to play important roles and benefit mutually.
Pearls of Women AgendaSM (POWA) is a culturally relevant, intergenerational, gender-specific mentor initiative entitled What Girls Think-What Women Know: A National Dialogue.™ The POWA's milieu provides opportunities for girls to interact and dialogue with accomplished women of influence who are dedicated to the development of confident young women, and helping them to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, and cultural challenges of the 21st century. As well as, provide guidance and constructive evaluation of girls' efforts toward leadership and self-efficacy, which affects every area of human endeavor.
POWA teaches girls and young women to model social responsibility, celebrate diversity, stimulate personal growth, and character development. POWA accentuates academic excellence; helps eradicate risk-taking behavior, and encourages girls to set the highest goals, values, and moral standards for themselves; and to then stretch beyond what they believe are their limitations.
POWA gives young women the rare opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge that will positively influence their futures through the involvement of its sister program POWABASE 360. They learn that there are no limitations to what they can accomplish and become in life. Their eyes are opened to new and exciting life paths for reaching future goals including various academic, career, entrepreneurial, and financial literacy opportunities to combat economic inequity. They learn what their rights are on many fronts and how to understand them. They develop critical thinking skills, a command for and cultivate respect, develop individual creative self-expression, and social etiquette development. Likewise, women learn from listening closely to adolescent girls as they speak honestly in their girl-led dialogue about their lives from their perspectives, as they challenge prevailing notions and attitudes about who they are in Urban America and whom others think they are.
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