On Thursday, June 27 over 120 girls gathered for the third annual, “I Am a Queen” enrichment event for young women sponsored by Metropolitan Family Services Calumet. Participants between the ages of 12-18 enjoyed a day full of education, entertainment, empowerment and enlightening workshops.
Ameena Matthews of CeaseFire, who is focused on ending violence in the streets and is featured in the film, “The Interrupters,” was the keynote speaker. Trudie Williams of 106.3/92.3 was mistress of ceremonies as participants attended workshops which were facilitated by professional woman in the community. Each highlighted different topics such as self-esteem, planning/goals and teen dating violence. Numerous give-a-ways and resources were also provided thanks to YWCA, MTodd Mobile Massage, Mary Kay, City Colleges of Chicago, Lady Jane and AKA Monarch Awards Inc. The young women left the event with resources in their hands and in their minds.