120 TEEN GIRLS RAISE THEIR VOICES THROUGH CRITTENTON’S TALK WITH A TEEN GIRL HIGH TEA
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington hosted its annual Talk with a Teen Girl High Tea on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. More than 120 teen girls and 100 adult guests came together for a conversation on issues ranging from gender equality to stopping sexual harassment.
Crittenton took advantage of this moment to present scholarships to six Crittenton teens for their leadership and academic achievement.
Kymber Lovett-Menkiti, Crittenton Board Member, Regional Manager for Keller Williams Realty and Co-founder and leader of the nonprofit, DC WISE (DC Women in Solidarity for Empowerment) recognized our 2018 Crittenton Scholarship Award Winners:
Andrea Sanchez (Montgomery College; SNEAKERS Alumna)
Tanari Drew (Senior, SNEAKERS Program)
Ingrid Carranza (Senior, SNEAKERS Program)
Kate Waller Barrett Scholarship Winners
Shanya Lesane (Senior, PEARLS Program)
Ada Rodriquez (Senior, PEARLS Program)
Jakeyla Brooks (Senior, SNEAKERS Program)
The High Tea brought Crittenton teens together with a wide representation of our community’s leaders – corporate, government, higher education, nonprofit, and social advocates. More than a dozen Crittenton teens took on various roles ranging from speakers to greeters – making the High Tea a truly “girl-led event.”
Tamra, another Crittenton Teen, shared a call to action for teens and adults alike. “In our schools, we want more funding and awareness for sexual harassment. There should be more trained professionals who can help us and not judge us. We also want more programs like SNEAKERS in our schools. And we want stricter consequences for students who harass other students.”
But the event was also an opportunity to draw attention to challenges that Crittenton teens face every day. This year, the teens asked for the audience’s help as they addressed one of the most important issues they face – sexual harassment.
Click here to watch Crittenton teen Shana explained why the girls chose to advocate for this issue. “We need to put an end to sexual harassment. This has become so common that girls are scared to speak out. People need to know that just because we wear a certain type of clothing or look a type of way, doesn’t mean we can be touched or disrespected.”
Crittenton thanks our partners, parents, public officials, SPONSORS, and most importantly, our teen girl participants for making this year’s High Tea a spectacular success. Teen Speakers included:
- SNEAKERS: Ingris, Montgomery County Public Schools
- PEARLS: Keniya, District of Columbia Public Schools
- Goal Setting Girls: Tamaya, District of Columbia Public Schools
- Leadership Summit: Alayna, District of Columbia Public Schools
- Advocacy Message: Chontel, District of Columbia Public Schools
- Advocacy Call to Action: Ijeoma, Montgomery County Public Schools
- Giving Thanks: LaTayshia & Celina, Montgomery County Public Schools
Also in attendance were a combination of business leaders and public officials including our lead sponsors Comcast, AT&T, Peter Kovar and Paula Kowalczuk, and AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia.
Special guests also included past Leadership Award Honorees Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Federal Communications Commission, Kim Bassett, Director of the Office on Women’s Policy & Initiatives in the Executive Office of the Mayor; Also in attendance were: from Maryland, Meshelle Johnson – Office of US Senator Chris Van Hollen, Trudy Perkins - Office of Representative Elijah Cummings, Peter Kovar – Councilmember, Takoma Park City Council. From The District, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbit, Director of the DC Department of Health, Kelly Whittier, Representing the office of DC Councilmember, Mary Cheh, Dr. Kafui Doe, Chief of the District’s Child, Adolescent and School Health Division, Michael Kharfen, Senior Deputy Director of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration at the DC Department of Health, and Dr. Courtney Moses - Director of Student affairs at DC Public Schools.