Marjorie Harvey mentors teen girls The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation hosted its first annual Girls Who Rule The World Mentoring Weekend in Atlanta this past fall.
The three-day weekend included interactive seminars and workshops designed to increase self-esteem and promote personal responsibility. President of the foundation, Marjorie Harvey, had the impossible task of choosing 100 girls to invite by reading their 350 page essays on why they should be part of the experience. “Georgia has the highest number of high school drop outs and third highest prostitution rates among teenage girls” Marjorie said. Pam El, VP of Marketing for State Farm, the event’s sponsor, added “Statistics tell you they’re not going to make it. This weekend will defy those statistics.”
The girls, ages 13-17, were exposed to dynamic females like evangelist Perri “Pebbles” Reid, TV personality Sherri Shepherd, and Essence Magazine’s Mikki Taylor who wowed everyone with her inspirational keynote speech. The mentors provided a blueprint for success in establishing and achieving long-term goals. “I really liked they had successful women come in and be personable with us and to be real and tell us about what they had to go through to get where they’re at” said Alexis Campbell, a Miller Grove High School sophomore.
Tears flowed as testimony was given. At one point, author and comedian Steve Harvey stepped up to share knowledge with the girls from the male perspective. “You are the prize. Men don’t exist without you. Our whole world is you. Don’t let hip-hop and videos change your concept of this,” he explained.
In the end, each girl received a strand of pearls signifying the “pearls of wisdom” they would take with them. “Don’t let anybody determine your future but you and God” said Maynard Jackson High School senior Tamiah James about what she’ll take with her. For more information visit www.steveharveyfoundation.com.
– Stephanie Dayton