On Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th 2013, 500 girls of color will be convening at the 4th Annual Uniquely You Summit for Girls (UYS),
which will take place at Temple University’s Temple Performing Arts Center (1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122).
The mission of the Uniquely You Summit, Inc. is to help girls of color uniquely define, discover and become who they are. Since 2009, UYS has continuously
impressed upon girls (ages 11-18) the importance of recognizing the incessant and damaging images propagandized and cultivated by the media. UYS aids them
in identifying these images and the overwhelming impact they have on their daily ability to be “Beautiful, Brilliant, and Brave” young women.
The 4th Annual Uniquely You Summit, themed: “I AM!”, will mobilize 500 girls from Connecticut through Philadelphia to Washington, DC to declare and confirm
that they are far too valuable and powerful to be sexually objectified and symbolically annihilated.
UYS will feature numerous panel sessions and presentations on various topics such as self-actualization, the perception of African American women in media,
dating, and abstinence. This year’s keynote speaker will be Mara Brock Akil, the creator and executive producer of “Girlfriends” and “The
Game.” Other speakers will include:
• Tai Beauchamp, Style and Lifestyle Expert, On-Air Personality, and Entrepreneur
• Dr. Yaba Blay, Teacher-Scholar of Africana Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies at Drexel University
• Christina Coleman, News and Politics Editor, Global Grind
• Greg Corbin, Executive Director of the Philly Youth Poetry Movement
• Basheer Jones, Media Personality and Spoken Word Artist
• Jessica Reedy, Gospel Recording Artist and BET’s “Sunday’s Best” 2009 Runner-Up
• Amanda Seales, DJ and Television Personality
The centerpiece to the weekend will be the “I AM! Expo” which will take place on Saturday, September 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mitten Hall. The
Expo will focus on exposing our participants to the many resources available to them throughout the city; encourage them to properly prepare for their
future; and provide them with a chance to connect directly with their potential college of choice.