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Young African American Women’s Conference Let Girls Explore Their Special Interests and Talents

Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 6:40 am
Fashion Show Models and Fashion Show Producers at the Young African American Women’s Conference. [Photography by Malcom Ali]

On Saturday, May 14, the Pasadena Delta Foundation, Inc., (PDF) in collaboration with numerous community partners, including Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., (PAC) presented the 18th Young African American Women’s Conference for girls in middle and high school at Pasadena City College.

This year’s theme was “Beyond Our Circumstances…Creating Our Destiny” and the event provided an opportunity for girls and their parents/guardians to explore their special talents and interests; identify resources and tools to succeed in college; heighten their awareness of career options; and learn about relevant life issues.

Debra Ward-Samad, PDF President, opened the conference with excitement to return to an in-person setting after two years of virtual events. Soloist, Retha DeJohnette led in the singing of “Lift Every Voice.”

PCC Associate VP Dr. Kari Bolen welcomed the audience to the campus. state Senator Anthony Portantino, Vannia De La Cuba (representing Mayor Victor Gordo) and Councilwoman Felicia Williams brought greetings and commendations.

The 2022 Royal Court reflected on their journey, experiences and future goals.

The morning began with an energetic outdoor session of line dancing led by Rita Turner with musical entertainment provided by DJ LaLa Land. Attendees visited exhibitors from the community, business and educational entities for various careers and resources for educational, career and lifestyle choices.

Workshops/Activity Stations presented by experts in their respective fields, focused on an art activity, STEAM, climate justice, DIY fashion, college readiness, self-esteem, self-care, YouTube & podcasting, financial literacy and interview skills. The parent/guardian symposium discussed family engagement at the middle, high school, college levels and “Talk to Me, and I Will Listen!” – communication as the basic building block of relationships.

The young ladies also experienced the afternoon session which featured a fabulous Afro-Fusion Fashion Show moderated by Honey Milloy. Registered attendees served as the models and the clothing was provided by Nicole’s Fancy Boutique.  Pixie Boyden, PAC 2nd VP, delivered closing remarks and acknowledgments.

All participants received jam-packed swag bags, conference materials, many give-a-ways, lunch and numerous opportunities to win great door prizes; including several retail & restaurant gift cards and  two mini-pads.

Sponsors and partners making the day possible included: Pasadena City College, Pasadena Education Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, US Bank, Pasadena Community Foundation, Tournament of Roses, Congresswoman Judy Chu, YWCA – San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena Federal Credit Union, Deirdre Skelton, Holden for Assembly, State Senator Anthony Portantino, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, NAACP – Pasadena Branch, Women in Leadership Vital Voices and Pasadena Unified School District.

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