The Jewel Summit is designed to offer young girls of the Overtown and surrounding communities a chance to examine the meaning of respect and how it can effect their every day lives. This summit provides them with an opportunity to form solid values in an encouraging and supportive environment.
In this session we focus on teaching our jewels how to make choices grounded in self-respect. A theme we commonly address relates to knowing their self worth.
From this session, these young girls will learn and practice techniques such as how to approach others, express themselves with clarity, set healthy boundaries and learn how body language and tone of voice can help or hinder their communication with others.
Mothers Empowerment Sessions
In correlation with our focus on the development of these jewels in our society, this summit also addresses the leading women in their lives; mothers and other women in parenting roles.
This session focuses on self image, addressing how one sees herself. Mothers are asked to examine their past and present situations as a channel in which to gauge the direction they’re headed in.
2017 Jewel Summit Activities
Fitness | Make-up
We will be offering different activities for you to choose to participate in before beginning our empowerment session!
The Price is Right
This interactive fan favorite is sure to keep you on your toes as mothers and daughters work together to formulate their best guess on a wide variety of prizes! Who knows, you may walk away with a prize yourself!
2017 Mothers' Empowerment Panel Moderator
Angela Bailey’s story reads like the blueprint drawn for most youth born in any urban community in the United States. She was born to a poor single mother, reared in a housing project, and she recalls a time when money was more than tight, it was non‐existent. Furthermore, she was inundated with dismal images of what appeared to be a future full of the same for her. However, in time, Angela’s story takesa turn that mirrors the famed poet and author Maya Angelou’s. Angelou credits a teacher for opening her mind to thinking “outside the box” and not allowing her impoverished surroundings to influence the path her life would take. Likewise, Angela Bailey received the same inspirational advice as a child, and like Angelou, she hasn’t looked back since.
“I am a fighter and I decided in the 5th grade, thanks to my teacher, that I would not be like the women in my community that succumbed to the stumbling blocks placed before them,” she states. Truly, those stumbling blocks became stepping-‐stones and a foundation for building Ms. Bailey’s self esteem and lifting her above what she calls “generational curses” plaguing her community. Angela went on to graduate from High School in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from the illustrious Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While at FAMU, she was active in many campus organizations and didn’t realize that she was honing her natural leadership ability while doing so.
After graduating in 1996, she worked as a professional runway model, which afforded her the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and observe different cultures. After making a decision to return home, to live, she made a shocking discovery. Although she had grown and changed tremendously, unfortunately her community had not. She immediately thought that something must be done. She founded Walk This Way Productions ‐ an event planning, image consulting, and fashion show Production Company, responsible for Central Florida’s most anticipated annual event “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fashion Extravaganza.”
In the year 2000 she founded Urban Reflections-‐a community based program dedicated to empowering at‐risk girls/youth. Urban Reflections is a mentoring organization that offers information and guidance on social and health awareness, academic tutoring, and most importantly focuses on developing a positive self‐image.
She says, “I refused to succumb to societal ills…. I believe in learning all you can and doing the impossible. I was shown a way out, and with God’s help I did it. Now I MUST show those after me the road I have taken and inspire them to do the same.”
2017 Mothers' Empowerment Panelists
Alison Austin has had an extensive international career in ecotourism, community and youth development, with the Organization of American States (OAS) and as CEO of Miami’s Belafonte TACOLCY Center. Austin has the ability to listen to the needs of the community and implement programs & services that positively impact youth and families. Her current passion is designing mindfulness programming for young women. These programs are created for youth that are “aging out” of dependency or are homeless. The latest curriculum design; Finding your Power, Purpose and Presence, is a personal development and well-being course that guides students on a journey towards self-awareness and workplace etiquette. Where participates learn to stand in their truth. Austin has expanded this work into a new company, AVA Within: A Mindbending Group to assist women in connecting to their purpose and living a more meaningful life.
Tracy Wilson Mourning
Tracy Wilson Mourning is a mentor, designer, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, soon-to-be published author, loving mother, and wife to NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning. She is a Howard University graduate with a major in Broadcast Journalism and minor in Business. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tracy is a proud resident of the South Florida community.
In 2002, Tracy founded the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and has been fully dedicated to enriching the lives of young women ever since. The mission of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program is to encourage the balance of mind, body, and soul in girls and young women by providing nurturing experiences that not only illuminate their paths but inform their decisions with self-reliance and hope, empowering their future. The Honey Shine Mentoring program serves as a guide through bi-weekly workshops and a summer camp created with the sole purpose of educating and supporting these girls and young women in an effort to prepare them for a future filled with endless possibilities in the positive. Tracy is currently working with the Honey Shine team to expand the program across the country.
Tracy is also the CEO and co-founder of Honey Child by Tracy Wilson Mourning (Honey Child Enterprises, LLC), a brand of bath and body products of unparalleled quality. Tracy created this collection to encourage women to indulge in a moment of self-celebration and appreciation. This time of personal reflection and devotion is essential to balancing the multi-faceted aspects of being a “Goddess”, “Soulmate”, “Lover” and “Friend”, all roles that women play at some time in their lives, either individually or simultaneously. Honey Child Enterprises is committed to supporting the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and has been featured in magazines such as In Style, Essence and Ocean Drive.
Tracy is a proud mother to sons Trey and Alijah, and daughter Myka. Tracy is grateful for the higher power that is her beacon and that guides her life’s path. This spiritual foundation is a central motivation in all that Tracy does, providing her with the peace and empowerment that is reflected in the ideologies of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Honey Child Enterprises.
Dr. Roslyn Artis
2017 Jewel Summit Location
Jose de Diego Middle School
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