MYEvents: Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Hey there, bright young girls!!

*~ MYEvents will run every Thursday evening at 6:00pm, Pacific Standard Time. ~*

*~MYGirls Blog Series will run every Friday evening at 6:00pm, Pacific Standard Time. ~*

 

MYEvents will list all upcoming events.  They will either be free & open to the community, by RSVP, or by ticket purchase.  If you see an event listed, YOU’RE INVITED!!

 

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 

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Inspirational community leaders will come together with Charlotte’s Korner, Inc., to encourage, empower, and uplift our youth, as various issues concerning our teens will be discussed.  CLICK HERE for more information, or how to become a volunteer, vendor, or guest speaker.  (I will be one of the guest speakers, so please come in support of GU4AP!)

 

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Stylists from various places will come together to battle for 1st Place.  Come to experience the fusion of fashion and fun.  The perfect “Mommy & Me” Day!! Visit HERE for more information.

 

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 

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ATTENTION ALL PARENTS, this one’s for you.  Fashion models and designers from across America will gather together for a night of glitz, glam, and good entertainment!  Bring two canned goods to help with the LA Runway Food Drive!!  Email anerrickmanagement@yahoo.com for more information.

 

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Meet wonderful spiritual women as they gather together to examine & tackle stereotypes, lift the burdens of limitation, and offer a insight into the life challenges that women face on a daily basis.  REGISTER NOW to catch Early Bird registration.

 

 

Friday, November 14th, 2014 – 

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Dynamic leaders will be honored and celebrated on this night of wonder.  SEE INFO Here for sponsorship packages.

 

 

 

ON-GOING EVENTS FOR 2014 – 

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FREE!!  Parenting Classes for Africans, African Americans, and Caribbeans.
Unfortunately NO court- or D.C.F.S.-ordered clientele will be accepted.
Call (323) 777-3120 for more information.

Brought to you by the Coalition of Mental health Professionals, Inc.
9219 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90003

 

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Showroom G is a creative talent firm geared towards pushing your brand out to the community, in the most elaborate ways.  Come see a weekly showcase of awesome designers who work hard to make you look good!  Click HERE for more information.

 

 

Staying in the know with what’s going on in the community, helps us to stay connected to each other. and keep our youth with an optimistic mindset.  We must work together for the good of our world, our countries, our states, our nations, our cultures, our communities, our neighborhoods, our families . . . and ourselves.  For we are all “family.”  Fellow members of the human race.  We need each other more than we might know.

Share these events with your families.  And if there are any events that you know of and would like to share with MYGirls, please contact me, and I will list them.  Let’s get involved, young girls!!

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-Kahlelah, MYGirls

MYEvents: Thursday, September 25, 2014 – Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Hello brilliant young girls!!

*~ MYEvents will run every Thursday evening at 6:00pm, Pacific Standard Time. ~*

*~MYGirls Blog Series will run every Friday evening at 6:00pm, Pacific Standard Time. ~*

 

 

MYEvents will list all upcoming events.  They will either be free & open to the community, by RSVP, or by ticket purchase.  If you see an event listed, YOU’RE INVITED!!

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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The mission of the South Los Angeles Homeless Transition Age Youth (TAY) and Foster Care Collaborative is to prevent and end youth homelessness in South Los Angeles.  RSVP Here to register for the community event to help end homelessness within our youth.

 

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 

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Inspirational community leaders will come together with Charlotte’s Korner, Inc., to encourage, empower, and uplift our youth, as various issues concerning our teens will be discussed.  CLICK HERE for more information, or how to become a volunteer, vendor, or guest speaker.  (I will be one of the guest speakers, so please come in support of GU4AP!)

 

 

Friday, November 14th, 2014 – 

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Dynamic leaders will be honored and celebrated on this night of wonder.  SEE INFO Here for sponsorship packages.

 

 

ON-GOING EVENTS FOR 2014 – 

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FREE!!  Parenting Classes for Africans, African Americans, and Caribbeans.
Unfortunately NO court- or D.C.F.S.-ordered clientele will be accepted.
Call (323) 777-3120 for more information.

Brought to you by the Coalition of Mental health Professionals, Inc.
9219 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90003

 

 

Staying in the know with what’s going on in the community, helps us to stay connected to each other. and keep our youth with an optimistic mindset.  We must work together for the good of our world, our countries, our states, our nations, our cultures, our communities, our neighborhoods, our families . . . and ourselves.  For we are all “family.”  Fellow members of the human race.  We need each other more than we might know.

Share these events with your families.  And if there are any events that you know of and would like to share with MYGirls, please contact me, and I will list them.  Let’s get involved, young girls!!

 

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-Kahlelah, MYGirls

2014 Campaign: Dear Younger Me…Sign Ups

It’s funny how when you’re young you want to grow up and be 18, 21 or 25 years old? Now that I’m 27 years old going on 28 on Feb. 18th, I sit back & think man, what was I in a rush for? This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy my younger years because I did, but the thought of wanting to be in a relationship, drink, go to clubs, move out, make my own decision which goes hand in hand with paying my own bills and so forth. Like really? What were we as young girls so in a rush to do? That time that we used to go against our parents will..

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2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Ashley…

Dear Ashley,

Did you know once you are an adult that you will have responsibilities that aren’t even fun! What comes with responsibilities is hard work. With hard work comes deadlines… With deadlines comes expectations… With expectations comes stress…You’ll do a lot of this throughout your life until you fully cast all your cares and worries to God in 2012.

Baby Ashley 🙂

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MYGirls Care: Depression -Discussion

PARENTS: Do you know what’s going on in your child’s life?

Are they a bully?
Do they suffer from depression?
Do you know your child as well as you think?
Communication is key!

MENTORS: How do you assist with helping youth who deal with depression, bi-polar, and suicide?

Also please leave links & names of programs/organizations you work for/with?

If you deal with any of the above, please email us.
We Care ❤

[3] Heal Our Youth: Dealing With Depression…MY STORY

Teen depression is a very serious matter. Being a mentor or just working with youth in general we need to educate ourselves about the many different things that goes on with the kids we work with. Because talking to them & asking questions aren’t enough anymore. We have the technology at our hands, so there’s no reason why we can’t educate ourselves. It’s not about what degree you need to earn in order to fulfill your position, or title when it comes to being diverse & educated on many different topics that our youth face with today.

My story

By the time I was in high school I had attended a few funerals before this one. But this one didn’t compare to the others. How does a teen deal with the normal things that goes on during those significant years like: preparing for college, peer-pressure, wanting to date but you’re not allowed to, grades are falling, & puberty. It was my senior year in high school when I lost the first man I fell in love with. How quick an illness can take a loved one from you without being able to enjoy the beginning of the next chapter… eventful times in a teen girl’s life?

I was told that my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when I was 18 years old. I didn’t know what that was?! Yea I knew about breast cancer, lung cancer, cancerrrrrrrrrr people! I didn’t know what Alzhemier’s was. It was hard to grasp. My aunt on my fathers side was the one who broke it down to me. I would go visit my dad who I called “Di” very short for common word “Daddy”. I would visit my dad at my grandmother’s who was taking care of him. He would walk around the house not saying much, or mumbling something because for whatever reason he lost his teeth. As the stages of Alzheimer’s started to beat him up, another occasion was when I came to visit & he was now in a wheelchair. How quickly that happened. He had to be assisted to the bathroom, fed etc. I was devastated  This person here isn’t my father. I knew that his time was coming, I just didn’t know when.

For my case, once Alzheimer’s is in it’s last stages, it reminded me of when cancer patients are in the last stages. Being bedridden, not all there, sleeping most of the time, very frail,  etc. I remember it all too well the last time I saw my father before his funeral. He laid there in his bed, sleep. I just prayed to God he wasn’t in pain, and that I would be graduating soon & if he could just hold on & wait for me to get my degree in health (a degree I wasn’t interested in before) to help find a cure for this stupid illness that was taking every bit of me away.

Dealing With Depression

Well that was in April. Before dealing with my fathers illness, I was dealing with depression before that all came to life. It started because my grades weren’t the best that I wanted them to be, my friends had turned on me, I didn’t think I would be accepted into a college of my choice & so on. I found myself being pushed from others. I didn’t have to isolate myself, they were doing it for me. I didn’t do anything to have all this to happen to me.

One day I found myself crying at my desk in my chemistry class. I was down…sad, because I didn’t understand this! I was pushed to be in a class I didn’t want to be in, I didn’t understand the material, I had to spend my lunch time getting extra help while everyone else hung out with friends. It was too much. I dreaded coming to that class. It then lead into me not wanting to go to school anymore. It was embarrassing finding myself with my head down in classes, hiding my tears. It was rough!

It was towards the end of April & my dad passed away. When I got the news I didn’t take it as bad as I thought. I felt prepared a little. But being there at the funeral was a different story.

Prom approached, and it was now May & I was excited.  It wasn’t the normal mother & father experience when watching their daughter go off with friends to prom. Just mom. Something I was use to. My parents had separated & divorced years ago. But this being something again, eventful he would have been there if he was well & in his right mind.

Next, graduation came around. My aunt who was my fathers half sister attended, as well as her mother, my aunts on my mothers side, and my wonderful mother. But as I sat on the football field to wait to be called & handed my diploma I would look back & see if my dad would be there in his wheelchair & he wasn’t. But it did make me happy that my grandmother made the effort to come out to a joyous day.

My message

At the time, my mother didn’t know I was suffering from depression. So coming from someone that dealt with a mild case of depression, I know it’s not easy overcoming it or to seek help. But as I experienced life, & strengthen my walk with Christ things did got better for me, and they can for you!

 I am not a professional, but I know if you seek help professionally & change your mindset, things can get better, but it won’t happen over night. We live in a world where we can get the help we need, only if we want it for ourselves.  If you’re a teen suffering from this illness, please let someone you trust know. If you’re not comfortable doing so, narrow down one person you can talk to. It’s better to nip this now, then have it carried on into adulthood which is another topic.

Ashley N., BA-Communication
CEO/Founder of MYGirls

[2] Heal Our Youth: Dealing With Depression…

I have a renewed appreciation for peace of mind and lifestyle after dealing with depression. Even though I learned about the effective preventative methods in terms of depression in my graduate public health courses, I wasn’t prepared for a personal lesson with dealing with depression.
In my case, I was dealing with depression because I was in a toxic relationship with an individual. I felt hopeless, frustrated, and confused as to how I slipped into the state of depression. My mentality was intoxicated from the mental and emotional abuse I experienced in the relationship. Fully aware of my depression, I isolated myself because I was ashamed for others to see me in this manner. I was normally the person in my circle who would encourage others, but this time I needed help.
After a huge fight with that individual, I made a decision that I would fight through this and get out of the rut. Now, I had tried several times before, but this time, I had the right tools and team behind me.
First, I strengthened my relationship with God. I had to go back to my Creator to discover who He created me to be. After a while, I began to realize that God didn’t purpose for me to be abused and hurt. He wants me to have a happy and fulfilling life. It was time for me to live out the purpose that God had planned for me.
Secondly, I began attending therapy services, which I continue to this day. My therapist, Monica, and Sound Mind Counseling Services have truly helped me get back on the path towards my destiny. One of the most important lessons I learned was to focus on the truth. For nearly 7 years, I focused on the little bit of truth wrapped in deceit and lies. I needed to take time to discover the truth about the situation so that I could heal.
Next, I cut off the relationship. That was one of the hardest decisions that I had to make but was necessary for me to do. I needed to focus on me rather than trying to save a dead relationship. It was very difficult at first, but I learned to enjoy being alone and focusing on developing healthy relationships. Once that person was out of my life, I could work on my mental health and recovering from depression.
Lastly, I made the decision that I would share my story so that others won’t have to experience depression. I realize that there is a purpose to my pain.
Today, I use the tools I have learned in therapy along with my faith in God to keep me out of the rut to keep moving forward in my purpose.  I know that you can break free from the bonds of depression because there were times when I wasn’t sure I could be free, but I am enjoying freedom now! You can make it!
Ashley Hill, MPH
College Success Coach

[1] Heal Our Youth: Dealing With Depression…

Many medical articles refer to hypertension or even obesity as society’s “silent killer”. In reality, depression can be just as deadly and in my opinion should be referred to as an “unvoiced killer”. What’s the difference between “silent” and “unvoiced”? Well “silent” can be defined as declining to speak or remaining quiet whereas “unvoiced” can be defined as the INABILITY to speak; the difference is one’s ability.


Depression may be perceived as a simple or ridiculous emotion by those who haven’t been experienced it themselves, however the saddened mood is more than tears or frowns, it truly is an illness. Depression is powerful as it can deter an individual’s appetite to eat and even create thoughts for someone to feel as if the only way to be free and relieved is to take their own life.

Speaking from experience, depression is difficult to explain hence “unvoiced” and only a victim can truly understand the plead of another victim. The feelings of not being able to smile or crying daily can be uncontrollable and exhausting, causing a deeper depression.

My advice for those who have been acquainted with depression is to hold on and find some higher power. I understand everyone is not religious, however as simple human beings, we only have so much emotional strength. In dealing with depression, the most helpful resource is being able to vent your worries and insecurities without being laughed at or judged. Sometimes such venting is most effective through prayer or even meditation rather than to one of our own.

A second tip is for you to accept the fact that no individual can please everyone. Take the suffocating pressure off yourself by understanding that we are not superhuman creatures; We will make mistakes and have vulnerable moments in life. Its okay to fall if you learn from it, don’t allow depression to sneak up on you during hard times. You must keep your focus on something higher than yourself because you probably don’t recognize or trust yourself in a depressed mood.

Helpful quotes:
“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.”
― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

Dominique English (MYGirls Event Coordinator)