The “All Girls Matter Empowerment Conference: Journey Across America” will be in Hampton Roads on Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Norfolk State University. The traveling monthly conference is making the fifth stop on its national tour.
The one-day conference is for girls 9-18 years old. Its purpose is to advocate for girls and prevent the growing epidemic of low self-esteem, cutting, bullying, eating disorders, sex trafficking, domestic abuse, suicide, and other critical topics.
Making a guest appearance locally is Shaniya Reddy, a Chesapeake, Virginia middle school student who has written and published, My Beautiful is Black.
The conference kicked-off in Utah in February, followed by Mississippi and New York in May, and Chicago in June. The event is sponsored by the Wade Family Foundation, and America’s Big Sisters Foundation under the leadership of Tragil Wade-Johnson, sister of retired NBA All Star, Dwyane Wade. “This conference is about curating safe spaces for our girls. We are excited to have this opportunity in Norfolk … this is a life-changing event,” said Wade-Johnson.
The conference continues in Memphis in September, Kansas City (Missouri) in October, Arizona in November, and concludes in Miami in December.
The event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited and closes on July 25, 2023 or when capacity is reached.
To register visit: https://americasbigsisters.com/ and click ‘Norfolk, VA.’ For more information, contact event director, Deirdre Sanderlin, (757) 724-1516.