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For Immediate Release:  
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April 15, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Juvenile Justice Commission
- Howard L. Beyer, Executive Directo


Sharon Lauchaire


A Celebration of Womanhood
Conference for Young Women

NEWARK - The first of two regional Celebration of Womanhood conferences will be held at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Medical Building,185 South Orange Avenue, in Newark on Saturday, April 16, 2005. More than 200 participants are scheduled to attend. (agenda and directions) A second conference for the southern part of the state is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Cherry Hill.

The conferences are coordinated by the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission through the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee. The JJC, which is the designated planning authority for the allocation of federal grant funds, works with the JJDP Committee to identify appropriate programs, award funds and monitor success. The JJDP Committee is responsible for the distribution of more than $3 million annually in federal grants to local and state agencies to reduce delinquency and create local delinquency prevention programs. The conferences are being coordinated by the JJDP Committee’s Young Women's Action Agenda subcommittee. The northern conference is being sponsored, in part, by UMDNJ. Several presenters at the conference are professionals with UMDNJ.

“The New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission recognizes the distinct needs of female juveniles around the state. We know that if we can provide them with the tools and skills to overcome challenges, they have a much better chance of staying in school and growing up to be successful members of their communities,” said Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director, Juvenile Justice Commission. “This conference is designed to provide female juveniles with the tools and the resources they need to mature into successful and confident young women.”

This year’s theme, “Life’s Ingredients: A Recipe for Success,” combines topics such as healthy lifestyles and relationships, parenting, positive body image/self-esteem, the effects and consequences of gang violence, and money management. These conferences are designed to empower and raise the self-esteem of New Jersey's juvenile females, while at the same time providing them with the resources needed to make responsible decisions.

For more information, please contact Danielle Hill at 609-341-3805. On the day of the event, please call Kylthia Roberts at 609-284-2790.

Realizing Potential & Changing Futures

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Conference Agenda
All workshops listed below are offered at both the morning workshop session and the afternoon session.

9:30 a.m. -
Welcome Remarks

9:45 a.m. -
The Clothesline Project Presentation
JJC’s Juvenile Female Secure Care and Intake Unit

10:00 a.m. -
Morning Plenary Session
Terry Harrak, Child Welfare League of America

11:15 a.m. -
Morning Workshops

12:20 p.m. -
Afternoon Workshops

1:30 p.m. -
Luncheon Presentation -
Ms. Maria Bruno, President, Capitol Asset Group, is a very successful real estate agent who administers and manages properties for investors. She is also the co-executive producer of an upcoming television series entitled, “House Money”, which instructs viewers of the purchase, renovation and sale of distressed properties.

  • A. The Secrets of Womanhood (girls only): When will you begin young adulthood? Are you protecting your body or is it on shaky ground? (Not open to the press)
  • B. It’s a Different World: Do you want to know what it takes to become successful in life?
    Come and begin your own recipe for success. Presenters: Cicely Caldwell, Yunica Bailey, Cherelle Smith, and JaNeen Vinson, Mercy Me Outreach. ROOM 609B
  • C. What’s Love Got to Do With It? Have you ever heard the words, “I’m sorry” and “I will never do it again”? If you feel enough is enough, come to this workshop. Presenters: Stephanie Clark, Director, My Daughter’s Keeper, Inc. and Juli Harpell-Elam, Jersey Battered Women’s Services. ROOM 540 A/B
  • D. It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Do you want to know what teenage motherhood is about? Come to this workshop and get the answers to your questions and more. Presenters: Damianniris and Magdalena, Teen Mothers, Zakkiyyah Sally, Parent Linking Project, Passaic High School. ROOM 540 C
  • E. Just Because You are Serving Girls Does Not Mean Girls are Being Served (adults only): Learn why girls need different services than boys. Presenter: Danielle Hill, Gender Specific Services Coordinator, Juvenile Justice Commission. ROOM 540 D
  • F. Be Fine in Your Mind: Come and discover the secrets of inner beauty and its affect on the outer you. Presenter: Katrina Parker, Success in the Word Worship Center. ROOM 609 C
  • G. Keeping it Gangsta: The Real Deal (adults only): Learn how communities suffer from the affects of crime and gang violence. Presenter: Keisha Trotman and Perri Arnaldy, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. ROOM 540 E
  • H. Got My Mind on My Money and My Money on My Mind: Get smart about money
    management. Presenters: Patricia Neleson, VP, Market Manager, Newark Branches, PNC Bank and Theresa DeLeon, VP & Client Advisor for PNC Advisors, PNC Bank. ROOM 540
  • I. Relax and Release: This interactive stress management and yoga workshop will teach every day relaxation methods. ROOM B 601
  • J. All Girls Can: This intergenerational panel will share experiences of how they overcame difficulties. Presenters: Rev. Wynni Deans, Sparrow Ministries and Katie, former JJC resident. ROOM B556 (Lecture Hall)


Directions to Conference

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, New Jersey
Signs will direct you to the Medical Building

  • From New Jersey Turnpike, North or South:
    Take exit 15W to I-280 West to the Orange St./6th St. exit. Make the first right onto Orange St. and proceed one block to First St. Turn right and proceed about half a mile to West Market St., where First St. becomes Bergen St. Follow the parking directions below.
  • From the Garden State Parkway, North or South:
    Take exit 145 to I-280 East. Stay to the left to exit at First St. Turn right on First St. and continue across W. Market St., where First St. becomes Bergen St. Follow parking directions below.
  • Parking on the Newark Campus:
    Take the first left after W. Market St. for the University's Administration Complex, low beige buildings and metered parking in Lot 9. Proceed straight on Bergen St. across 12th Ave. to parking for other UMDNJ schools and units. Turn left about 500 feet beyond 12th Ave.; bear left for self-parking in DOC parking garage (hourly rates). Bear right for valet parking at entrance to University Hospital. Or continue straight on Bergen St. to the traffic light at South Orange Ave. Turn left and at the first light, turn left into the University complex and metered parking in Lot 1.
  • From Route 78, East or West:
    Take Exit 56, Clinton Ave., and turn left at the second light (W. Bigelow St.). Go about three-tenths mile and turn right onto Bergen St. Proceed about one-and-a-half miles to South Orange Ave.
  • Parking on the Newark Campus:
    For metered parking in Lot 1, turn right on South Orange Ave., and take first left into the University Complex. For valet parking or the Doctors Office Center parking garage, continue straight on Bergen St. University Hospital is on the right. Proceed past the hospital and turn right at the Doctors Office Center sign. Bear left for self-parking in garage (hourly rates); bear right for valet parking at entrance to the hospital.
    For parking near the Administration Complex, continue straight on Bergen St. across 12th Ave. and take the first right into parking Lot 9 for metered parking.
>> Conference Directions
>> Conference Agenda
>> Celebration of Womanhood conference brochure (741k pdf - pdf plugin)

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