Thursday, August 23, 2012

Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Accepting Applications for 3rd Annual Girls Who Rule the World Weekend

ATLANTA, GA - An annual three-day, two-night mentoring program pairing powerful women with teenage girls for a weekend to impact, empower and inspire their futures, The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation is kicking off applications to select this year’s class of 100 teenage girls from the metro Atlanta area and surrounding areas for their third annual Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend (GWRTW). Created by philanthropist Marjorie Harvey, President of The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, to spark change overcoming common pressures that young women are facing today, the third annual GWRTW will address social, emotional, educational and cultural needs to guide them through a weekend journey that will strengthen their mind, body and spirit. See highlights from the 2nd annual weekend here.

Chosen from thousands of applications received annually, since 2010 Marjorie Harvey has spearheaded an energy-filled weekend to address self-empowerment, education, health and wellness, and more with young women ages 13-18. Young women ages 13-18 who live in metro Atlanta and surrounding areas in a 50-mile radius can apply by mail July 16th – September 4th for the third annual GWRTW taking place September 28th – 30th in historic Stone Mountain, GA by downloading the application and addressing topics encompassing their personal dreams, long-term career goals, educational goals, and peer pressure, among other topics.

This encouraging, self-confidence filled program, which motivates young women in taking charge of their futures with visions of success, will also present a diverse cross-section of women who have made substantial transformations in their career fields, creating their own impact in entertainment, music, media and business. Bringing together a team of inspirational, powerful women, in the past two years Harvey has welcomed a diverse league of leaders including CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Essence Magazine’s Mikki Taylor, The View’s Sherri Shepherd, five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards, and more. Sharing their insight and personal journeys with the young women, this year’s lineup of special speakers and guests will provide wisdom and experiences coupled with the challenges, advice and resources that impacted their road to success, with the weekend including actress Terri Vaughn, singer Kimberley Locke, powerful motivational speaker Jackie Brewton, the Gates Millenium Scholarship Program, G-CAPP, and more.

With Georgia experiencing high rates of high school dropouts, teen pregnancy and sexual exploitation among teenage girls, Marjorie Harvey initiates the dialogue that gives teenage girls of metro Atlanta the tools to develop personal goals for their futures and embrace their unique self-worth. Georgia also ranks #2 in childhood obesity and the weekend’s inclusive curriculum gives priority to health, fitness and wellness goals to encourage healthy habits and excellence in every area of their lives. Remaining diligently dedicated to impacting today’s youth with powerful mentoring experiences that address issues of the real world, the Harveys stay devoted to empowering the young generation to become responsible, positive-thinking leaders. The events at this year’s GWRTW aim to help teenage women build strong peer relationships, bolster self-esteem, and live healthy, enriching lives.

Along with a myriad of self-esteem and positive-thinking sessions, the GWRTW mentees will take part in a breadth of workshops emphasizing team building, fitness and cultural history at Stone Mountain Park, etiquette, balanced nutrition, life skills, and professional and personal development that will guide them on their journey to self-discovery. The young women will receive further peer support during the GWRTW experience from junior counselors, comprised of ten young women from the past GWRTW mentoring classes returning to serve them with additional guidance and leadership.

The young women admitted to this year’s GWRTW sustain a role with The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation from admission until two years post-college, with this process including a mentor pairing and a monthly/quarter educational and developmental experience with trusted mentors, to ensure continued enhancement and positive growth in helping young women to achieve their maximum potential and build successful futures.

To download the application, please visit the GWRTW website: www.girlswhoruletheworld.org.  For more information about The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, please log onto http://www.smharveyfoundation.org/ .

Source: The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation

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