For the past twelve years, Girl Talk, Inc., a local non-profit has been tearing down walls and building up futures through service leadership, mentorship, community service and financial education.
Founder and Owner Denetria Moore, “Mrs. Dee Dee,” said her own life is the reason she founded Girl Talk Inc. As a young, teenage mother with low confidence and low self-esteem, growing up wasn’t easy.
Her impact as a leader is changing lives for teenage girls like Taniyah Donaldson, every single day. Donaldson has been a member of Girl Talk, Inc. since 2013 and said there’s never a dull moment with the girls.
“It’s like a sisterhood to me,” Donaldson said. “Girl Talk has taught me that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Nothing is impossible, never say you can’t. It gave me hope,” Donaldson said.
For Donaldson, Girl Talk, Inc. exposed her to positive relationships with women and pursuing a career path after high school as a nurse. Through Girl Talk, Inc. Donaldson was able to have a positive role model to steer her and guide her in the right direction.
Program Coordinator, Jenea Peterson, said she works directly with girls and parents, coming up with activities on a monthly basis, matching girls with mentors, communicating with parents and is also over the newest component of Girl Talk, Inc.: The LIFE Prep Academy.
The LIFE Prep Academy caters to juniors and seniors as they prepare to enter their next phase of life, post-graduation through college and career exploration, as well as reminding girls that there are other options outside of the traditional four-year college track.
Girl Talk Inc, isn’t all work and no play; the organization combines education with socialization, with as monthly mentor and mentee outings.
This year’s Girl Talk Inc.’s kick off was a “Night at the Spa,” where the girls were treated to manicures and pedicures at Lala Nails. The mentors also incorporated beauty and health tips to educate the girls about feminine health and hygiene.
On the calendar for October is one of Girl Talk Inc.’s signature programs: their bi-annual sleepover. Peterson said the non-profit organization began in Mrs. Dee Dee’s home as sleepovers and is now a signature component of the organization.
For Peterson, the sleepover embodies what it means to be in Girl Talk, Inc., simply building bonds and relationships as a form of female sisterhood and education.
“In its most basic form, that’s what mentoring is: just being there. Our goal with all of our mentors is to make them understand that the girls just need someone who is consistent, who cares about them, who is there to guide them, and be a listening ear,” Peterson said.
Girl Talk, Inc. said the best way to get involved with their organization is to volunteer and become a mentor. The non-profit organization has a waiting list of more than 40 different girls, due to the lack of mentors. The organization is actively looking for mentors with a heart for service and a passion for education. Whether becoming a volunteer or a mentor, it only takes one small interaction to change the course of a young lady’s life.