Girls Life Academy Memphis (GLAM), a Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) program, is gearing up for a two-day “life” event for teen girls ages 15 and up.
GLAM! FEST, which is set for June 2-3, will bring topic experts – some from outside of Memphis – to lead girls in an experience designed to “inform, enlighten and empower.” Girls will receive information, tools and techniques to help them live their best lives.
The setting will TBF Headquarters at 538 M. L. King Ave. inside Mount Olive Cathedral Church.
Judith Black Moore, president of TBF, said the two-day conference is “thoughtfully curated to touch on many issues and to do so in unique ways….
“In getting to know young people, I have met girls in our community who are so seriously misguided that it is scary. They are younger than ever engaging in behaviors that could result in negative outcomes for life,” said Black Moore, president of TBF.
“So many lack self-awareness and spend more time focusing on things that don’t matter than things that do. This includes their social interactions, attitudes about money, health habits and overall outlook for the future.”
Among the scheduled activities is a field trip to a movie screening (announcement of movie pending release date). Following the movie, a luncheon discussion will be led by Jean Jackson, a filmmaker and an assistant on HBO’s Original Programming/Drama team.
Jackson, who grew up in Memphis, now lives in Los Angeles.
“We worked to select relatable session leaders like Jean Jackson because we want girls to envision what’s possible by giving them access to women who share their growing up experience or accomplished women they will admire,” said Black Moore.
“Most will be familiar with the current HBO project that Jean is involved with, ‘’The Last of Us. We believe they will find our GLAM! guests smart, down-to-earth, and fascinating as they explore the challenges and complex aspects of being a girl.”
The second-day luncheon discussion will be led by Shaylon Scott, a Sisters with Superpowers honoree from Dallas and the co-founder of Book Mecca, an online platform that features literary works by People of Color. Scott, also a writer and community activist, will lead a discussion focusing on books that young ladies should read for their social, emotional and overall well-being.
Jennifer McDaniel, founder of Soul Abode and also from Dallas, will return to GLAM offering her wellness and self-awareness education.
Other topics include menstrual care, vegan and chemical free skin care, personal safety and social media use.
The conference cost is $5 and there are a few scholarships available to help some girls unable to afford the fee, which covers the field trip to the movie screening, lunch, and conference materials.
Groups are encouraged to use the event as a kickoff to summer activity.
Event sponsors are: TVA, Lemon Perfect, True Moringa, ServiceMaster, SoulAbode, National Basketball Players Association, The Carter Malone Group, and MATH4SUCCESS.
(For more details and to register visit https://tarikblackfoundation.org/events/ or contact us 901-497-6634.)