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Youth Empowerment Services Presents, Dream Girls Conference 2014
About Us ABOUT US

Youth Empowerment Services, Inc, (Y.E.S.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been an integral part of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties (aka the tri-county) in South Carolina . Y.E.S. was founded by Roslin J. Fields, M.Ed., an accomplished educator who retired after 28 years in the public schools system to open the Y.E.S. Community Center. She continues to serve full- time as its executive director.

Since its inception in 1999, Y.E.S. has served over 4,000 youths through mentoring programs, college prep activities, workshops and various community events, with the help of over 300 faithful volunteers.

Evaluations reveal that 85% of our participants successfully complete our programs.

Over 98 % of girls do not become pregnant while in our programs, and self-reporting evaluations reveal that they understand, embrace and practice the abstinence lifestyle upon program completion.

Parents report a positive change in behavior of youths who participate in our programs.

Y.E.S. collaborates with schools, churches, local, state and federal agencies, businesses and community organizations to carry out our mission.

Y.E.S. is supported through public and private funding.

Winthrop University Young girls
About Conference ABOUT CONFERENCE

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Middle and high school girls, parents, educators, non-profit and faith based youth leaders, social service professionals.

WHY ATTEND?
Because you've got dreams, and we've got the strategies and resources to help you make healthy decisions that will empower you to reach those dreams.

WHAT TO EXPECT?
A dynamic day filled with inspiration, motivation, workshops, entertainment, door prizes, food and fun!

Entertainment By D.J Dex, Suzie Rock, Faith Lyn, And Praise Dance Teams from the Local Community

WORKSHOP TOPICS INCLUDE:
Beauty From the Inside Out–More Than Just a Dream
Dreaming Big Everyday
This Ain't Yo Dream
A Healthy Girl's Dream-Learning and Loving Your Period
Dreaming Out Loud
Guarding Your Dreams: You Are Worth the Wait
Dreamin' To the Beat

Conference Schedule will be available soon.

WHERE?
Mount Moriah Family Life Center
7396 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29406

 

Please click here for driving directions
Registration REGISTRATION
Thank you for your interest in the Dream Girls Conference being held on March 1, 2014. Registration for the conference is currently closed. Please contact Youth Empowerment Services at yescouncil@yescouncil.org for additional information regarding the conference.
Speakers SPEAKERS
Isis Smalls DREAMING BIG EVERYDAY

Isis Smalls

Miss Houston 2014, teaches full–time in the Houston Independent School District by way of Teach for America, a non–profit organization that recruits high–achieving individuals to serve as educators in communities of need. As Miss Houston, Isis will continue to spend her year making appearances, serving the Houston community, and being an advocate for her platform: "Girls in the Game (G.I.G): Women Empowerment Through Sports" which seeks to teach young women invaluable life lessons through participation in sports. This summer Isis will go on to compete in the Miss Texas Pageant, an official state preliminary to the legendary Miss America pageant. "Dream BIG" is her motto and she hopes to continue to inspire young women to chase after their wildest aspirations!
Jade Smalls Simmons BEAUTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT—MORE THAN JUST A DREAM

Jade Smalls Simmons

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Jade completed her undergraduate work in piano performance at Northwestern University and holds a Master's degree from Rice University, where she studied as a Provost Fellow under acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Simmons became Miss Chicago, Miss Illinois and ultimately first runner-up at the 2000 Miss America Pageant. For her work on and off the stage, she has been featured in Essence magazine (alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas) Symphony Magazine and Ebony magazine to name a few. Called a "musical force of nature", Jade has toured the US and abroad extensively in recital and with orchestra including a performance at both the White House and the US Supreme Court. In addition to performing, she is also an arts presenter, writer for the Huffington Post, and sought after corporate speaker.
Suzie Rock DREAMIN—TO THE BEAT

Natalie Lauren (formerly known as Suzy Rock)

Born Natalie Lauren Sims in Tulsa, she has played an integral role as a songwriter and creative consultant for Reach Records artists and many others in Christian Hip Hop along with emerging as a well–respected rapper. She plans to continue to use music as her medium to address the ever–growing problems that women face: father wounds, acceptance issues, relationship woes, identity, sexism and vanity. "I want to create an environment locally and online where young women can gather life resources, be honest and open about their struggles, find hope and encouragement from other sisters, talk freely, be mentored and get a basic framework of what it looks like to walk out the Christian life. Beyond music, I want to be a model of womanhood. My goal is nothing short of the Great Commission."
Harriet Turk THIS AIN'T YO DREAM

HARRIET TURK

Since 1988, Harriet has worked with thousands of students encouraging them to develop their leadership skills, find their personal power and live healthier lifestyles. Harriet earned her bachelor's and masters degree in criminal justice and has worked as a probation officer, youth programs coordinator and national traffic safety consultant. Harriet believes we can make positive change in ourselves, our friends and our communities.
Dr. Regina Wragg A HEALTHY GIRL'S DREAM–LEARNING AND LOVING YOUR PERIOD

Dr. Regina Wragg

Dr. Regina E. Wragg earned a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Wragg is currently the cofounder and education director for BuzyBody Lifestyle Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes wellness through fitness and nutrition in Columbia and surrounding areas.
Tianna Walker DREAMING OUT LOUD

Tianna Walker

Tianna Walker is an 18 year old college student at Midlands Technical College where she is studying Graphics Design. Having been raised in the church all her life, her mother taught her about God's love and power. Her book on anti-bullying is the first one she's ever written and hopes that everyone can relate to it so they too can become empowered like she now is.
Ricsha Edgar-Kinard GUARDING YOUR DREAMS: YOU ARE WORTH THE WAIT

Ricsha Edgar-Kinard

Ricsha Edgar–Kinard is a 1999 graduate of Charleston Southern University and a former "Miss Charleston" "Miss North Charleston" and "Miss Charleston Southern University". While holding these titles, Ricsha was a guest speaker in elementary schools across the Charleston area where she shared her message Someone Believes in You, a character–based program emphasizing self–worth. She was employed by Heritage Community Services, a non-profit organization, where she taught abstinence education in local middle and high schools. She has a passion to see the next generation of leaders, especially girls, rise up and be the difference in their homes, their schools, their communities, and their worlds.
Ayanna Shivers SMART PARENTING: KEEPING UP WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

Dr. Ayanna Shivers

Dr. Ayanna Shivers was reared in Mexico, MO. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Oklahoama; an M.Ed in school counseling from the Citadel; and her Ph.D in education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ayanna also enjoys presenting at conferences and has presented at the International AAACE conference; as well as several conferences in South Carolina, including the Educational Business Summit. She is presently the school counselor at Waccamaw Middle School and an adjunct professor at South Carolina State University in the Counseling Education program.
   
Aisha Tyler Hosted by Aisha Tyler

Anchor and Reporter, WCSC Live 5 News, Charleston, SC

 
Angela Culbreath POSITIVE COMMUNICATION

Angela Culbreath

Angela Culbreath MA, LPC, NCPC serves as the Family Services Director for the Family Shelter, nonprofit emergency homeless shelter in the City of Columbia and as a Clinical Director for Holistic Resources Crisis Intervention Outreach Services. Ms. Culbreath has over 10 years experience in the social services field. Ms. Culbreath is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator (NCPC). She holds a BS in Human Services and a MA in Counseling (emphasis on Marriage & Family Therapy) from Webster University in Charleston, SC.
Loretta Smalls THE MAKING OF QUEENS

Loretta Smalls

Ms. Smalls served for 16 years as Minister of Music at Abundant Life Church in Charleston, and currently attends Lakewood Church in Houston, serving as a Bible teacher and Care Minister under the pastorship of Joel and Victoria Osteen. She is the proud mother of our keynote speakers, Jade Smalls Simmons and Isis Smalls, former and current beauty queens respectively. Loretta is presently pursuing a Masters degree in Theological Study from the Houston Graduate School of Theology.
Willie Hawkins RAISING A DAUGHTER: A FATHER'S STORY

Willie Hawkins

Willie Hawkins is a retired US Navy veteran. He is a long standing faithful member of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. He is a father of four children, two boys and two girls. Mr. Hawkins has been a single parent since the loss of his wife to a terminal illness in 2003. He endured the loss of one son resulting from a motor vehicle accident. He has acted as the sole parent for his youngest daughter from her high schools years to the present.
Nina Nesbitt TRUE BEAUTY

Nina Nesbitt

Before stepping into corporate America as a Recruitment Specialist for some of the leading proprietary colleges in the country, Nina traveled to Paris, France, Germany and Switzerland as a successful television, film, print and runway model. Nina learned the hard lessons of the entertainment industry and now makes available, real life knowledge, skills and tools to help youth make better life decisions. She takes Personal Development Coaching to the next level, utilizing a "hands–on" approach, through modeling and acting, which builds the individual from the inside out with confidence, self–esteem, motivation and purpose.
Shannon Sanders-Bess Shannon Sanders–Bess
Shannon Sanders–Bess is a senior at Cathedral Academy in North Charleston. She plans to attend Charleston Southern University in the Fall, and will major in Music Therapy. She has taken leadership roles in various community service projects which recently earned her the Presidential Gold Medal Award for 1000+ hours, signed by President Barack Obama.
DJ Dex DJ Dex
The trendsetter of gospel dj's "My vision is to translate the Word of God through hip–hop and encourage youth through my music that it is okay to be excited and get crunk for Christ. I want to help our youth and young adults spread the Word of God through music."
Faith Lyn Faith Lyn
Acoustic sounds of Guitarist Singer-Songwriter Faith Lyn.
Jadyn & Nicole Steele Nicole Steele
Nicole Steele is the founder and Executive Director of Diamond in the Rough Youth Development Program, Inc. an award-winning, faith–based, non–profit mentoring and leaders program. She is also the President of Gem makers, LLC, which provides program development, business consulting, workshop training and resources to parents and youth workers. Her published work includes PRICELESS: a Teen Girl's Guide to Uncovering the Beauty, Boldness and Brilliance Within and an illustrated children's book, The Priceless Princess which she and her daughter, Jadyn, wrote together.
In Partnership With IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Black Expo

Earth Fare

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Chick-fil-A, Charleston, SC

The Exchange Club of North Charleston

Lowcountry Pregnancy Center

Gerald's Tires and Brakes

Charleston Gourmet Burger Company, LLC

TGI Management & Consulting

Harris Teeter – Westcott

Doris Grant

St. Leo University

Bel–Aire Limousine Service

Gamma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Become a Sponsor BECOME A SPONSOR
Please click here for information to become a sponsor.

Platinum Sponsor
$5,000 and Above

* Logo/ Name on Selected Printed Material and Event Banner * Recognition by MC from stage
* 5 Sponsored Tables at the Conference * Link from Conference Web Page
* 12 Guests to the VIP Speaker's Reception * Platinum Partner Plaque
* Name Mentioned in Selected Media Spots * Vendor Exhibit Booth
 

Gold Sponsor
$2,500 to $4,900

* Logo/ Name on Selected Printed Material and Event Banner * Recognition by MC from stage
* 4 Sponsored Tables at the Conference * Link from Conference Web Page
* 8 Guests to the VIP Speaker's Reception * Vendor Exhibit Booth
* Gold Partner Plaque

Silver Sponsor
$1,250

* Logo/ Name on Selected Printed Material and Event Banner
* Link from Conference Web Page
* 3 Sponsored Tables at the Conference
* Silver Partner Plaque
* Recognition by MC from stage
* 5 Guests to the VIP Speaker's Reception
* Vendor Exhibit Booth
   

Bronze Sponsor
$750

* Name on Selected Printed Material and Event Banner
* 2 Sponsored Tables at the Conference
* Recognition by MC from stage
* 4 Guests to the VIP Speaker's Reception
* Vendor Exhibit Booth

Pearl Sponsor
$500

* Name on Selected Printed Material and Event Banner
* 1 Sponsored Tables at the Conference
* Recognition by MC from stage
* 2 Guests to the VIP Speaker's Reception
* Vendor Exhibit Booth

Emerald Sponsor
$250

* Name on Event Banner
* 1 Sponsored Tables at the Conference
* Recognition by MC from stage
* 2 Guests to the VIP Speaker's Reception
* Vendor Exhibit Booth
 

Sponsor
$10 - $99

* Help defray the cost of lunch for the girls

Crystal
$100

* Vendor Exhibit booth
Donations DONATIONS
Contact CONTACT

For more information contact us:

Email: yescouncil@yescouncil.org
Office Phone: 843-767-9969

FAQ FAQ

Is transportation provided?
No. All attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Conference.

What age group should attend the conference?
The conference is designed for girls in middle and high school.

Do parents have to pay if they bring their children?
All attendees at the conference must pay the $5.00 registration fee, including parents.

Are men allowed to attend the conference?
Men are allowed to attend the conference. Fathers are especially encouraged to attend.

Is there a fee for parking?
Parking is free at the conference.

Can registration forms and fees be mailed instead of completing the information online?
Registration forms and fees may be mailed to:
Youth Empowerment Services
P.O. Box 41784
North Charleston, SC 29423

Will registration fees be refunded?
Registration fees will not be refunded.

Will there be a follow-up to the conference for those who want more information or extended programs?
There will be opportunities for follow-up after the conference. Youth leaders and educators will be invited to attend Y.E.S. sponsored workshops that are designed to train them how to plan and implement structured programs for girls in their communities.

Will food be served?
A continental breakfast and a full lunch will be served.

Will attendees be given opportunities to meet with guest speakers?
Attendees will have the opportunities to meet with guest speakers.

Are scholarships available to help with registration fees?
Scholarships are available to help with registration fees, but Y.E.S. must be contacted at least one month prior to the conference with request for scholarships. Call 843-767-9969.

Will the attendees need additional funds for the conference?
There will be vendors at the conference who may be selling their products, however, the $5 registration will cover the costs for breakfast, lunch and all sessions.