How G.I.R.L.S Can Inc Creates a Vision For Young Women

On Saturday, December 7th, we attended the second annual G.I.R.L.S. Can Inc Youth Enrichment Summit in Brooklyn, New York. The organization was founded by the award-winning publicist, Jovana J. Gilkes, as a mission to uplift young women to succeed.

The “It Takes a Village” Panelists

The event included two amazing panels entitled “Knowing Myself: Knowing My Worth” and “It Takes a Village: The Importance of Role Models”. Along with two workshops, “Shades of Beauty: Body & Imaging” and a vision board focused workshop. It was inspiring seeing how so many young girls can come together and share the joy in one place. With special dance performance from the dance crew, Set It Off, and the girls showing how us to hit the popular dance, “the Woah.”

The crowd of young queens looking onto the panelists.

But what truly captured the hearts of everyone was the mantras being spoken and the positivity being manifested from young women entrepreneurs such as, Parker M. James and Nevaeh Flowers. Chanting the 2-words within the audience, “GIRLS CAN” left a strong impact and shifted the energy in the auditorium. 

The event also offered free books to the young queens from Simon and Schuster publishing house along with free drinks from Arizona and swag bags from the curl line, Miss Jessie’s. Along with other gifted items from the Brooklyn Nets player, Spencer Dinwidee, RAEL skincare, Shining Star KidsSalon, and the grocery chain Stop and Chain Makes us wish we were a kid again!

Founder of Girls Can Inc, Jovana J. Gilkes and girl-prenuer Parker hosting the raffles.

From the workshops, panels, and opportunity to connect with other queens, we truly enjoyed being a panelist and apart of this event. It allowed young women to connect to their potentials and envision a path filled with mentors, goals, and guides to their version of success. Looking forward to more events from this organization in the future. You can follow all of the fun from this event on their Instagram, @girlscaninc. 

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