MYEvents: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Hi there, outstanding 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!!


Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 


Hair stylists from across America will come together for a chance to be honored as the Bobbi Boss 2014 “America’s Next Top Stylist.”  CLICK HERE for information, stylist registration, and consumer tickets. (I will be one of the models on the runway!)


Thursday, September 25, 2014


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 – 


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 . . . updated flyer coming soon.)


Friday, November 14th, 2014 – 


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





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!!


-Kahlelah, MYGirls

"Love: The Blindside" by @InglewoodDiva


Love is a beautiful thing. Love is a blessing, providing the “warm & fuzzy” feeling inside that we always talk about. Love is a goal, that happy hearts cherish when accomplished, and heavy hearts long for when dropped out of the race. Love is everything that your parents display (if/when together), that your friends show (which may make you a little jealous, even if it’s puppy love), that music audibly expresses (when R&B was popular). Love is indeed beautiful song, with sultry sound.

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[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

In Search of Scholarships

With so much talk about raising student loan interest rates or the rollercoaster economy, one can easily get discouraged from attending their dream college due to financial reasons. During my college search, I was one of those students who had a face to face meeting with discouragement but quickly made the decision to not let money stand in the way of my dreams.
Here are a few rules to play by when looking for scholarships:
  • Start on the Internet
The Internet is seemingly the best tool anyone can use when researching scholarships. Use websites such as or They provide a listing of scholarships for just about anything from being left-handed to being interested in saving a local animal shelter. These websites will ask you to fill out an online profile that will help match available scholarships with your interests.
  • Brush up on your writing skills
A lot of the scholarships you will encounter require you to write an essay and this is great practice to prepare you for your college papers. Give it your all! You never know who you are competing with, so make sure you put your best foot forward when writing your essay. Select about 2 or 3 people to proof read your essay to make sure your ideas are clear and concise.
  • Talk to your guidance counselor, parents or your job
A lot of people do not realize that your current school, your parent’s jobs or possibly your job may offer scholarships. ASK! Even if the scholarship amount is as little as $100, every bit of money helps. Make sure you go over all requirements to verify your eligibility.
  • Zone in on your field of study
There are a lot of corporations/organizations that have scholarship money available to those interested in their field. For example, if you are interested in studying Accounting, groups like the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants have scholarships available.
  • College Assistance
Always research the scholarship options available by your college of choice. If you have the opportunity to attend an open house, they will often provide you with a brochure that lists their merit based scholarships and their separate application scholarships. Most of the time, the college will give you a merit-based scholarship depending on your academic or leadership achievements in high school. Make sure your resume lists all of your academic, leadership and community service achievements because this will put you in the running to receive more scholarship money.
This is the MOST important rule when applying for scholarships. Make an active list of all the scholarships you will apply for with their deadline. Most people miss out on money because of late applications.
These are just the basic tools that can help you find loads of scholarship money. There are thousands of scholarships out there waiting for you to apply! Make sure that you let your real self shine through in your scholarship applications. This will be the sure thing that sets you apart from everyone else!

Contributed by Lauren R. Jackson, MPA
Founder/Executive Director of IMANEE