All Girls Conference Promotes Positive Development For Teens

STAUNTON, Va. - Kate Campbell is a high school student and one of dozens of girls at the Seventh Annual All Girls Conference at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Staunton.

The conference is designed to help middle and high school girls tackle life issues.

"We're girls, we should have a bond together, not fighting," Campbell says, "drama between girls, girls just having arguments, like lots of girls are really mean to other. I feel like this just kind of brings girls together and teaches them how to work together and not be against each other."

Despite all of this, Campbell says the challenge is learning to be happy.

"Being happy, actually finding what makes you happy, because I know that a big thing with girls is a lot of girls are getting really depressed and they're all so into material things when they need to just find inner happiness."

Makeba Robinson founded the All Girls Conference and says there are girls here that come from different backgrounds who may have a low self-esteem and she says her job is to help them.

"Growing up with five other sisters, I got to see what women can do," says Robinson, "Some don't come from strong households where they have mothers, some of them do have mothers but they feel more comfortable listening to other adults in the community."

Campbell says she feels like this conference will leave a lasting effect on her and the many other girls that come in the future.

"It gives me like an empowered feeling, it makes me feel like I'm real social and I'm actually doing something like I'm part of the community, I'm helping out," Campbell says.


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