Taking a holistic approach to outfitting girls, the organization further aids a diverse population of girls through its GIRL$ Service-Learning Program. Realizing that many girls from low income families have ob-stacles to over come, the program was designed to help increase the self awareness, self esteem, and self sufficiency of girls. The Enchanted Closet aims to build their confidence, equip them with education, expo-sure, support, and opportunities. Girls attend monthly sessions which focus on identified critical needs, economic and social entrepreneurship, and community service. By focusing on these areas, we have seen a reduction in high-risk behavior that contributes to low academic performance/school drop out, teen preg-nancy, sexual exploitation, abuse, STDs and other things that adversely affect the lives of teens, their fami-lies, and the community.
Most recently funded by Ed Reed, former Baltimore Raven and Houston Texan football player, the GIRL$ MOVE! program was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to reduce child-hood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. While the primary target of the program is girls ages 12-19, free interactive seminars and activities are offered to engage families in healthy eating/cooking, healthy lifestyles, and increased physical activity. The program was launched in 2011 with Dance choreogra-pher, Jerod Times of M.O.V.E. Artist Development and Jahleeka "Jelly" Morris of BET's Born to Dance Reality Show with Laurieann Gipson. Lilian Abdelmalek, NFL Sports Trainer; Kim Conley, NFL Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor; and Daniel Wilcox, NFL Retired Veteran and former Baltimore Raven are the most recent program participants.
After realizing that over 85% of the girls who attend the organization's programs don't have a father in the home, the Enchanted Closet was inspired to provide an opportunity for girls, living in homes with or without fathers, to speak with positive men who help them to focus on gaining greater self-esteem, a m ore balanced perspective, greater communication and decision making skills. The men provide advice, encouragement, and inspiration. Most recent participants include: Actor and Former CFL and NFL player Stevie Baggs, Actor-Tony Parker, Artist-Charlton "CP the Artist" Palmer, WAOK Radio Show Host-Derrick Boazman, Entertainment Executives-Torrance Hill and Paris "PK" Kirk , A&R Head of Ludacris’s Disturbing Tha Peace Records, two-time NBA Champion and current player for the Houston Rockets, Josh Powell, NFL Veteran Takeo Spikes and others.
The Artists and Entrepreneurs Series introduces girls to local artists that have leveraged the love of their craft into business ventures. Girls are encouraged and inspired to utilize their talents to gain economic empowerment. Some participants include Rhavynn Drummer, Casting Director for Tyler Perry Studios; Jeron Ward, Grammy-nominated producer for Big Boi of Outkast, Stankonia Studios; Charlton “CP The Artist” Palmer– Visual artist, photographer, Chloe and Halle Bailey, winners of Disney’s Next Big Thing, and others.