2011 YER Calendar of Events (Til April 2011)

2011 Youth Empowerment RETREAT Calendar of Events

For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:

Dr. Tekemia Dorsey

The Creative GRP, LLC




2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat Initiative Announces Calendar of Events

Year-long series of events and activities address issues for youth and families

(Baltimore, MD)- 2011 has been proclaimed “The Year of The Youth” in Baltimore and the state of Maryland, and to celebrate, the public is invited to attend a series of events, conferences, symposiums and activities to open a dialogue, present information, problem-solve, share successes, strategies and tips-all designed to empower, motivate, encourage, enlighten and energize youth and parents through knowledge, education and opportunity.

The purpose of the “2011 Youth Empowerment RETREAT” (YER) Initiative is to address the chronic problems that youth and their parents have been facing and organizers are looking to go beyond the traditional to develop a new model that address issues of truly empowering our youth to take on leadership positions and then provide them with actual opportunities to apply their new-found knowledge.

Spearheaded and coordinated by Dr. Tekemia Dorsey of The Creative GRP, LLC, The 2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat Initiative is designed to be all-inclusive, participatory and above-all, thought-provoking, forward-thinking and action-driven. “It’s not enough to just come together and talk about the issues,” said Dr. Dorsey, a tireless advocate for youth who brings her years of experience to planning and coordinating this effort. “We have to identify the problems and bring light to the issues that are facing our youth, yes. But the most important thing is to identify ways that we’re going to get active and deal with the problems to create solutions. That’s why it’s so important for us to cultivate leadership qualities in our youth today.”

To that end, each of the activities and events that are planned are designed to build upon each other and include youth, parents and community organizations as integral and active participants. Registration is now open for all events, with vending and promotional opportunities available as well. For additional information on any of the events listed below, visit http://www.thecreativegrp.org for complete details and to register.

2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat (YER) Initiative – “Year of the Youth” Activities & Events Calendar:

“Overcoming the Bully Syndrome!” Conference will be held Saturday, February 26, 2011, 2PM-6PM at Upper County Community Center, 8201 Emory Grove Rd., Gaithersburgh, MD 20877. The purpose of this bullying conference is to present strategies and knowledge to youth, parents, the community, and its leaders ways to deal with those that bully others. The event is free to the public and the entire community is invited to attend.

“Help! I Am Going 2 B Killed!” Domestic Violence Symposium will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, 10AM-2PM at Living Word Ministries, 6709 Whitestone Road, Woodlawn, MD 21207. The entire community is invited to attend-youth, students, parents, community leaders, groups and organizations. The purpose of this particular symposium is to provide victims the opportunity to gain their lives back, provide them a voice, introduce defense strategies, and provide ways to express themselves. Adult tickets are $20. Youth tickets are $10. All proceeds from this event will sponsor youth and adults for the April 2, 2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat at Morgan State University.

“2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat – Youth Workshops” will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, 8:30AM-5PM at Morgan State University, 1700 E. Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212. Youth ages 8-18 are invited to attend and will engage in workshops that focus on helping them to identify “who they are” and “how they can be successful in all facets of life”. Lunch will be provided and youth will be able to network, learn and fellowship with other youth from the Baltimore Metropolitan area. This retreat will be followed by an implementation phase where youth will take part in leadership activities throughout the summer. Spaces for these sessions are limited. First-come, first-served.

“2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat~Parents’ Connection” will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, 8:30AM-5PM at Morgan State University, 1700 E. Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212. Parents of youth ages 8-18 are invited to attend workshops geared specifically towards assisting parents in dealing with the tough times that they’re facing by assisting them in finding the right resources. Even though the educational system and the community may add to the confusion for our parents, they can also serve as the catalyst for success as well. In this world, there are three ways to pay for resources–which remain time, money, or a combination of the three. These sessions will assist parents to discover strategies, tips and resources to educate them on the process and assist them in remaining knowledgeable and connected in order to maintain and balance a success family. Parents will participate in workshops, networking opportunities and have the chance to learn about multiple resources in and around the Baltimore-Metropolitan area geared specifically to assist parents and their families.

“2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat~ Community Leaders Collaborative-“Cooperation & Collaboration ~ Not Competition!” will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, 8:30AM-5PM at Morgan State University, 1700 E. Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212. Designed to bring together leaders of Community organizations who serve youth and families, The 2011 YER Community Leaders Collaborative provides an afternoon of networking, team-building, learning and collaborative working sessions. The outcomes of these sessions will be: enhanced partnerships; strategic marketing alliances and fundraising collaborations. Community organizations are invited to join with us as we lay the foundation of a new approach to addressing the needs of youth and develop sound strategies to gaining additional support and resources for our organizations. Participants will leave with the tools, strategies and beginnings of solid collaborative relationships to help advance their organization and programs! Collaborative Sessions include: A Team Approach To Grant Proposals; Developing Strategic Partnerships; Partnership Marketing & PR Strategies; Featured Speakers; Team-building exercises; and more.

“2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat~ Youth Illumination Mini-Conference – Let Your Light Shine Through” will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, 8:30 AM – 5 PM at Morgan State University, 1700 E. Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212. Youth, parents and community leaders are invited to a day of education and spiritual encouragement. The 2011 YER in partnership with Pastor Kevin Brooks & Gethsemane A.M.E. Church invites you to be a part of “Youth Illumination Mini-Conference” focused on connecting the dots of worldly concerns and spiritualguidance.Parents, youth, and the community, and leaders will participate in a mini-conference engaged by Baltimore’s finest youth leaders, networking opportunities and have the chance to learn about multiple resources in and around the Baltimore-Metropolitan area geared specifically to let their light shine through.

About 2011 Youth Empowerment Retreat Initiative: Through a four-phrase program, 100-150 at-risk youth ages 8-18 in the Baltimore area will participate in a series of activities, workshops, community service initiatives, mentoring programs and training opportunities designed to provide both youth and parents with the knowledge they need, the opportunity they’ve been seeking and the opportunity to do more for themselves and their community. Additionally, leaders of youth- and family-focused community organizations will be engaged to work collaboratively to develop partnerships and solutions to the long-standing problems plaguing youth and their families.

Recently recognized by Proclamation by the Mayor of Baltimore and the Governor of Maryland declaring 2011 The Year of The Youth, The 2011 YER Initiative is seeking volunteers, sponsors and community partners to help support the year-long initiative. Partners The Creative Group, LLC, The KARS Consulting Group, LTD, the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, Baltimore City Schools, Gethsemane African Methodist Episcopal Church, We Are Parents.org and Morgan State University are indicative of the wide-range of public-private and faith-based partnerships that are being cultivated to help make this endeavor as success. Visit http://www.thecreativegrp.org for complete details and information on events, activities, sponsorships and partnerships.


TM True Leadership Lies In The POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT (Dr. Tekemia Dorsey)

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